No. 57 M. Tennis Bounces Back with Win at Pacific

Thorsten Bertsch and the Aztecs topped Pacific, 4-2, on Saturday.

Feb. 22, 2014

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STOCKTON, Calif. - The No. 57 San Diego State men's tennis team rebounded with a road victory over Pacific, 4-2, on Saturday afternoon at Hal Nelson Tennis Courts.

The Aztecs suffered a road loss to Santa Clara on Thursday to end their three-match winning streak, but bounced back with a win on Saturday, and have now won four of their last five dual matches.

SDSU (6-3, 3-0 MW) also showed some resiliency on Saturday, as the Aztecs dropped the doubles point to begin the match, but won four of five singles points to earn the victory. Senior Hunter Nicholas' match with Daniel Alameh in No. 2 singles didn't finish, as the two were locked in a three-set battle when San Diego State clinched the decision.

Pacific won two of three doubles matches, as Nicholas and junior Thorsten Bertsch (Mannheim, Germany) fell to Alameh and Marlon Brand, 8-5, in the No. 1 slot, while sophomore Freddy Gelbrich (Isernhagen, Germany) and freshman Hendrik Jebens (Stuttgart, Germany) responded with a win over Sem Verbeek and Miguel Diaz, 8-7 (3), in No. 2 doubles.

But senior Juan Florez (Bogota, Colombia) and freshman Milen Ianakiev (Elz, Germany) couldn't hold off Pacific's Erik Cederwall and Alex Hamilton in No. 3 doubles, falling to the Tigers in a tight match, 8-7 (3).

In singles action, Bertsch topped 95th-ranked Verbeek, 6-3, 7-5, to snap his three-match individual skid in No. 1 singles play, but 124th-ranked Gelbrich dropped his match to Denis Stolyarov, 6-2, 6-2, in the No. 3 slot.

The Aztecs swept the bottom half of the singles lineup though, as Jebens, the reigning Mountain West Player of the Week, knocked off Diaz in three sets, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, freshman Maxi Boewer-Stelter (Berlin, Germany) defeated Ben Mirkin, 6-4, 7-6 (1) in No. 5 singles, and Florez took down Hamilton, 6-1, 6-1, in the No. 6 spot.

After finishing up a stretch of six-consecutive matches away from home on Saturday, San Diego State returns home to play host to Oklahoma State on Thursday, Feb. 27 at Aztec Tennis Center.

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