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SDSU Men's Tennis Knocks Off Memphis, 5-2

Sophomore Juan Gomez posted victories in both singles and doubles in the Aztecs' win over Memphis on Saturday.
Sophomore Juan Gomez posted victories in both singles and doubles in the Aztecs' win over Memphis on Saturday.

Feb. 23, 2008

SAN DIEGO - The 50th-ranked San Diego State men's tennis team opened the home portion of its 2008 schedule in style with a 5-2 triumph over Memphis at Aztec Tennis Center. SDSU overcame a pesky Tigers' squad in doubles competition before taking four of six singles encounters to even its record at 3-3.

For the second straight match, Achim Ceban and Tim Schulz van Endert gave the Scarlet and Black some early momentum as the Aztec duo cruised to an 8-3 decision over Benedikt Fischer and Jordan Smith at the No. 3 position. Memphis would not go quietly, however, as the visitors quickly knotted things up after Jimmy Khougassian and Leon Nasemann dispatched Andre Feliz and Matan Shitrit by an 8-5 count in the No. 2 slot. With the doubles point hanging in the balance, all eyes turned to center court where Bartosz Golas and Juan Gomez outlasted Amrit Narasimhan and Charlie Ramsay, 8-6, to give SDSU a 1-0 lead.

Memphis stole some of the Aztecs' thunder early in singles play as Shitrit suffered a 6-4, 6-2 setback at the hands of Michael Gaerthoeffner in the fourth spot, which tied the score at 1-1. However, SDSU promptly eased the sting of that defeat by reeling off four consecutive victories to secure the match.

Danny Heidecker put the home team up by a 2-1 margin with a 6-2, 6-3 triumph over Fischer at No. 6, while Feliz disposed of Ramsay in straight sets in the fifth position, 6-3, 6-4. Over on the third court, Gomez provided the clincher by downing Smith in another straight-set affair, 6-3, 6-1.

At the top of the ladder, Golas was engaged in a tight battle early on with Narasimhan before pulling away in the second set for a 7-6(3), 6-1 victory, which gave the Aztecs their final tally of the afternoon. Ceban was poised to add to that count, but was unable to hold off Nasemann in the third set of a grueling match at No. 2 and eventually fell, 4-6, 6-3, 7-5.

San Diego State returns to action on Thursday, Feb. 28, when it locks horns with No. 71 Fresno State at Aztec Tennis Center. Match time is set for 1:30 p.m. PT.

No. 50 SAN DIEGO STATE 5, MEMPHIS 2
Aztec Tennis Center
San Diego, Calif.

Doubles
1. Bartosz Golas / Juan Gomez (SDSU) def. Amrit Narasimhan / Charlie Ramsay (MEM), 8-6
2. Jimmy Khougassian / Leon Nasemann (MEM) def. Andre Feliz / Matan Shitrit (SDSU), 8-5
3. Achim Ceban / Tim Schulz van Endert (SDSU) def. Benedikt Fischer / Jordan Smith (MEM), 8-3
San Diego State win doubles point

Singles
1. Bartosz Golas (SDSU) def. Amrit Narasimhan (MEM), 7-6(3), 6-1
2. Leon Nasemann (MEM) def. Achim Ceban (SDSU), 4-6, 6-3, 7-5
3. Juan Gomez (SDSU) def. Jordan Smith (MEM), 6-3, 6-1
4. Michael Gaerthoeffner (MEM) def. Matan Shitrit (SDSU), 6-4, 6-2
5. Andre Feliz (SDSU) def. Charlie Ramsay (MEM), 6-3, 6-4
6. Danny Heidecker (SDSU) def. Benedikt Fischer (MEM), 6-2, 6-3

Order of finish
Doubles: 3, 2, 1
Singles: 4, 6, 5, 3*, 1, 2
*match-clinching victory