Juan Gomez and the Aztecs take on Princeton before heading to Hawaii for two matches.
March 20, 2007
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Aztecs Prepare For Trip to Aloha State With Wednesday Match Against Princeton
Coming off a 5-2 win over Yale on Monday afternoon, No. 69 San Diego State (6-6) will entertain another Ivy League school in 64th-ranked Princeton on Wednesday, March 21, at Fairbanks Ranch Country Club, in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. The non-conference match scheduled for 1:30 p.m. PDT will precede the Aztecs' trip to the Aloha State where they will face Hawai'i and No. 38 California on March 24 and 25, respectively. Both contests are set for 10 a.m. HT.
After experiencing a 5-1 defeat at the hands of 11th-ranked North Carolina on Saturday, which snapped its three-match winning streak, SDSU rebounded nicely by beating Yale with its top doubles team paired together for the first time since the season-opening doubleheader against UC Riverside and Concordia (Calif) on Jan. 20.
No. 17 Christian Groh and Markus Dickhardt made their first appearance since San Diego State's opening doubleheader weekend and provided the winning outcome to clinch the point with an 8-6 victory at first doubles. Later in singles, No. 67 Dickhardt pocketed his eighth straight win, while 76th-ranked Groh won his match at No. 2 in three sets.
Following this week's matches, SDSU opens Mountain West Conference action at home with matches against UNLV, New Mexico and TCU. In addition to playing host to the aforementioned league schools, the Aztecs will also welcome Brigham Young and Utah to Aztec Tennis Center with both Beehive State schools taking on other MWC foes. All matches will take place from March 29-April 1.
San Diego State-Princeton: The Series
San Diego State owns a 6-0 series lead in matches played since the 1996 season. Wednesday's contest marks the third consecutive time in which both schools played at Fairbanks Ranch Country Club. Last season, the Aztecs shutout the Tigers, 7-0, winning all nine matches that were contested.
Princeton, ranked No. 64 in the latest FILA Collegiate Tennis Rankings released March 20, is 6-2 on the season and will face MWC institution Utah on March 20 before taking on the Aztecs the next day. The Tigers are led by their nationally ranked doubles team of Peter Capkovic and Alex Vuckovic, who find themselves ranked No. 60 and are 6-1 in the dual campaign.
San Diego State-Hawai'i: The Series
SDSU is 3-0 against Hawai'i in matches played since the 1996 season. Inthose three contests, the Aztecs have outscored the Warriors by a 19-1 margin. The two schools last hooked up in 2005 with San Diego State claiming a 7-0 victory.
Hawai'i is currently 4-5 in 2007 after defeating Nevada, 4-3, at home on March 18. Prior to facing San Diego State, the Warriors will take on Washington on March 21 and Pepperdine on the 23rd. UH is led by Andreas Weber, who is currently the 60th-ranked singles player nationally, and 81st-ranked Sacha Heinemann. Weber is undefeated at 8-0 with his last three wins coming at the top of the order. Meanwhile, Heinemann is an identical 8-0, while splitting time at No. 1 and 2.
San Diego State-California: The Series
The Aztecs are 0-9 all time vs. California. The last time the two schools got together was in Los Angeles in the first round of the 2005 NCAA Tournament. That day, the Golden Bears notched a 4-1 victory with Daniel Jung earning the Aztecs' lone point at No. 6, 6-2, 6-2.
The Golden Bears are ranked No. 38 in the latest FILA team poll and head to Hawaii with a 9-4 record. Cal has been on quite a roll having won its last six and its No. 1 singles player, Pierre Mouillon, was just named Pac-10 Player of the Week on March 20. Mouillon went 2-0 during the week, has won six straight and is ranked 20th nationally. Similar to the Aztecs, the Bears have lost to USC and beaten UC Santa Barbara and Arizona to date.
Dickhardt Continues to Roll
Senior Markus Dickhardt continues to win at the top of San Diego State's singles order. The German has won eight straight, including six in a row at No. 1 singles. He is 10-2 in dual matches with a 6-1 mark at the top of the order. Currently, the senior is ranked No. 52 in the national poll, moving up 15 spots from the last rankings. In addition to his singles ranking, Dickhardt and Christian Groh are rated the 17th-best tandem in America and were reunited for the first time since Jan. 20 in the match vs. Yale. For the season, the duo is 7-1 overall and 3-0 in the dual season.