Men's Tennis Splits Double Dip
Feb. 28, 2013
SAN DIEGO - The No. 48 San Diego State Men's Tennis team earned perhaps its most impressive victory of the season on Thursday, defeating No. 16 California, 4-3, but dropped its second match of the day to No. 12 Pepperdine, 4-0.
Beginning the day with singles play against Cal, the Aztecs rallied from a 3-0 deficit to split the six matches and set up doubles play to break the tie. Junior Juan Florez topped Mads Engsted in the No. 5 slot, 6-1, 4-6, 6-3, to earn SDSU's first point of the match, and sophomore Andranik Khachatryan followed with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 victory over Nikhil Jayashankar to pull the Aztecs within 3-2. With the pressure on, sophomore and reigning Mountain West Player of the Week Thorsten Bertsch fought off No. 34 Christoffer Konigsfeldt in three sets, 6-2, 1-6, 6-3, to force doubles play.
SDSU (8-4, 2-0 MW) swept all three doubles matches, starting with Florez and freshman Marvin Tawasi's win against Cal's unit of Gregory Bayne and Chase Melton, 8-6. Senior Derek Siddiqui and Khachatryan followed with a tie-breaker victory over Engsted and Ben McLachlan, 9-8 (6) to seal the match victory. Bertsch and junior Hunter Nicholas added a win against Cal's No. 18-ranked duo of Konigsfeldt and Campbell Johnson, 9-8 (5), to sweep the three doubles matches.
After the grueling win over Cal, the Aztecs didn't have enough left to knock off Pepperdine. The Waves won the first four singles matchups to seal the match victory, 4-0, and the two teams did not play doubles.
The Aztecs will compete in the Pacific Coast Doubles Tournament in La Jolla, Calif., throughout this weekend. They resume dual-match play on Tuesday, March 5, with a home match against Central Florida beginning at 2 p.m. PT at Aztec Tennis Center.