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

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

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