Men's Tennis to Host Aztec Invitational
Sept. 24, 2013
SAN DIEGO - The San Diego State men's tennis team is set for the start of the 2013-14 season, as the Aztecs begin the fall season at the ITA Men's All-American Tournament, starting on Saturday, Sept. 28, in Tulsa, Okla.
SDSU will also host its Aztec Invitational Oct. 4-6 at Aztec Tennis Center where various schools will come and compete. In addition, there will be a men's open tournament which anyone can sign up for here.
Leading the way for San Diego State this season is junior Thorsten Bertsch (Mannheim, Germany), who landed at No. 114 on the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) 2013 Division I Preseason Men's Singles Rankings. Bertsch earned all-Mountain West honors in both singles and doubles play last season, finishing dual play with a 16-5 record. Bertsch was 3-2 against ranked opponents last year and 14-2 in the No. 2 singles slot. He enters this season with 64 total career dual-match victories.
Senior Hunter Nicholas (Park City, Utah) will also have a big role with the Aztecs after earning all-MW honors in doubles play with Bertsch a season ago. Nicholas posted a 15-8 record in singles play during the dual season, including 14 victories in the No. 3 slot. In addition, Nicholas had two separate four-match winning streaks.
Bertsch and Nicholas will compete as a duo in Main Draw Doubles in the ITA Men's All-American, and both will also compete in Qualifying Singles.
SDSU also returns senior Juan Florez (Bogota, Columbia), who finished the 2013 dual season 12-11 in singles action. Sophomore Marvin Tawasi (Mosbach, Germany) looks to continue his progress after a strong freshman season going 9-8 in singles play, junior Andranik Khachatryan went 11-9 in singles and 10-8 in doubles play a season ago, while redshirt sophomore Freddy Gelbrich (Isernhagen, Germany) is set to return to action after missing last dual season due to injury.
San Diego State is coming off a Mountain West regular-season championship, as the Aztecs finished conference play with a 6-0 record. SDSU begins its dual season on Jan. 18, 2014, in a doubleheader at home against Nevada and UC Riverside.