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Ceban Continues Run at National Collegiate Tennis Classic

Achim Ceban advanced to the main draw singles and doubles finals at the National Collegiate Tennis Classic on Saturday.
Achim Ceban advanced to the main draw singles and doubles finals at the National Collegiate Tennis Classic on Saturday.

Jan. 19, 2008

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. - Sophomore Achim Ceban continued his successful run on Saturday, winning both his singles and doubles matches in the main draw semifinals to lead the San Diego State men's tennis team during the second day of the National Collegiate Tennis Classic at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. The three-day tournament, which includes players from the 50th-ranked Aztecs, No. 9 UCLA, 32nd-ranked Rice and Arizona, features individual results and no team scoring.

In singles play, Ceban withstood a second-set surge from Rice's Chong Wang to pull a way for a 6-1, 2-6, 6-3 triumph. With the victory, the 2007 Mountain West Conference freshman of the year will face another Rice adversary in Sunday's championship when he squares off against Bruno Rosa beginning at 9:30 a.m. Ceban also punched his ticket to the doubles final after teaming with Bartosz Golas for an 8-1 drubbing of the Owls' tandem of Wang and Rosa. The SDSU duo will battle for the title Sunday against Jeremy Drean and Michael Look of UCLA, who halted the run of the Aztecs' Andre Feliz and Juan Gomez by an 8-6 count in the other semifinal.

In consolation singles, freshman Danny Heidecker, a mid-season signee from Wesel, Germany, won his first two collegiate matches, downing Gomez, 6-1, 6-1, in the quarterfinals before knocking off another fellow teammate, Feliz, 6-1, 6-4, in the semis. In Sunday's final, Heidecker will oppose Ahmed Ismail of UCLA, who upended freshman Tim Schulz van Endert, 6-2, 6-2, in the other semifinal.

Following tournament play, San Diego State will remain in Indian Wells on Sunday when it opens its 2008 dual-match season with a neutral-site clash against UC Riverside. First serve is scheduled for 2 p.m. PST.

Indian Wells Tennis Garden
Indian Wells, Calif.
(SDSU results only)

Doubles--Main Draw Semifinals
Achim Ceban / Bartosz Golas (SDSU) def. Chong Wang / Bruno Rosa (Rice), 8-1
Jeremy Drean / Michael Look (UCLA) def. Andre Feliz / Juan Gomez (SDSU), 8-6

Doubles--Consolation Semifinals
Andres Carrasco / Pat Metham (Arizona) def. Tim Schulz van Endert / Matthew Tosches (SDSU), 8-6
Peter Zimmer (Arizona) / Ahmed Ismail (UCLA) def. Michael Beron / Danny Heidecker (SDSU), 8-6

Singles--Main Draw Semifinals
Achim Ceban (SDSU) def. Chong Wang (Rice), 6-1, 2-6, 6-3

Singles--Consolation Quarterfinals
Andre Feliz (SDSU) def. Peter Zimmer (Arizona), 6-4, 7-5
Danny Heidecker (SDSU) def. Juan Gomez (SDSU), 6-1, 6-1
Tim Schulz van Endert (SDSU) def. Michael Beron (SDSU), 6-3, 6-1

Singles--Consolation Semifinals
Danny Heidecker (SDSU) def. Andre Feliz (SDSU), 6-1, 6-4
Ahmed Ismail (UCLA) def. Tim Schulz van Endert (SDSU), 6-2, 6-2