Men's Tennis Stymied at Cal Poly, 5-2
Feb. 3, 2018
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -- The San Diego State men's tennis team played well in spots on Saturday, but was unable to secure its first victory of the season after dropping a 5-2 decision to Cal Poly in a non-conference dual match at Mustang Tennis Complex.
The Aztecs (0-4) ceded a fiercely contested doubles point, reaching match point in two encounters, but could not grab the early lead. After junior Sander Gjoels-Andersen combined with sophomore Nicholas Mitchell for a 6-2 victory over the Mustangs' Roman Shenkiryk and Andrew Whitehouse in the No. 1 position, junior Raul de la Torre and sophomore Rafael Gonzalez Almazan came out on the wrong side of a 7-5 score in the third spot against Dominic Bechard and Karl Enander.
All eyes quickly turned to the No. 2 court, where the pairing of senior Santiago Cevallos and sophomore Arnaud Restifo found themselves in a tight battle with Axel Damiens and Josh Ortlip before suffering a tough 7-6 setback.
Cal Poly (4-1) extended its lead to 2-0 in singles competition when Alexander Stater emerged with a 6-2, 6-2 triumph over Jan Kirchhoff in the fifth spot. Moments later, SDSU finally dented the scoreboard after Gjoels-Andersen recorded his second win of the day with a 6-4, 7-5 decision over Damiens at No. 3.
The teams split the next two matches, with sophomore Joel Popov falling short against Antoine Noel by a 6-4, 6-4 tally in the fourth position, while Gonzalez Almazan posted an identical score in a conquest of Shenkiryk in the sixth slot.
Trailing 3-2, the Aztecs were unable to get the equalizer, as Cevallos ran out of steam in a three-set loss to Ortlip at No. 1, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2, while Restifo experienced a similar fate against Bechard in the second spot, 6-0, 6-7(4), 6-2, to account for the final outcome.
San Diego State continues its month-long road swing next week when it squares off against No. 15 Mississippi State on Friday, Feb. 9, in Starkville, Miss.
Cal Poly 5, San Diego State 2
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