Jan. 22, 2012
SAN DIEGO - The San Diego State men's tennis team opened its 2012 dual-match season with a perfect day of tennis on Sunday at the Aztec Tennis Center. SDSU earned a 5-2 win against No. 47 Cal Poly and a 7-0 sweep of UC Riverside.
The Aztecs started the day off on the right track, winning two of their three doubles matches. The No. 2 pairing of Thorsten Bertsch and Derek Siddiqui earned a close 9-8 win against the Cal Poly duo of Andre Dome and Marco Comuzzo. The freshman duo of Rickey Baylon and Spencer Simon would follow with an 8-4 victory of their own, defeating Jurgen De Jager and Sebastian Bell to clinch the doubles point for SDSU.
The Scarlet and Black would carry its success into singles play, en route to clinching their first win of the 2012 season. In number one singles, Javier Pulgar picked up the 6-2, 6-2 win against Cal Poly's Brian McPhee. Thorsten Bertsch also earned a victory, defeating Jordan Bridge in number three singles. Then Andranik Khachatryan and Jose Sierra Short earned consecutive wins in number five and six singles. Khachatryan notched a 7-5, 6-1 victory against Cal Poly's Sebastian Bell, while Sierra Short was victorious, 5-7, 7-5, 10-8, against Jordan Kepler.
In the second match of the day against UC Riverside, SDSU earned the doubles point by winning all three doubles matches. Hunter Nicholas and Javier Pulgar made easy work of UCR's Austin Andres and Felix Macherez by the score of 8-1. Then in number two doubles, the freshman duo of Spencer Simon and Rickey Baylon picked up their second victory of the day by defeating Kevin Griffin and Jimmy Roberts, 8-5. Thorsten Bertsch and Shiva Sangwan, meanwhile, earned an 8-3 victory against Luis Gastao and Simon Peters.
The Aztecs won then win all six singles matches, including five in straight sets. The lone match that was extended past two sets was at number two singles, where Thorsten Bertsch defeated Jimmy Roberts, 6-2, 4-6 (10-0).
SDSU is back in action on Feb. 3 when it travels to Irvine, Calif., for a 1 p.m. PT match against UC Irvine.
San Diego State 5, Cal Poly 2
San Diego State 7, UC Riverside 0