Men's Tennis Rolls Past No. 39 Boise State
Feb. 23, 2013
SAN DIEGO - The No. 70 San Diego State Men's Tennis team won five of six singles matches after losing the doubles point to defeat No. 39 Boise State, 5-2, on Saturday afternoon at Aztec Tennis Center. With the victory, the Aztecs (7-3, 2-0 MW) have won three-straight matches, and are 2-3 against ranked opponents.
Junior Hunter Nicholas and Senior Derek Siddiqui set the tone for SDSU's comeback, as Nicholas finished first with a swift win over Scott Sears, 6-4, 6-1. Siddiqui, ranked No. 104 in the nation, followed with a victory over No. 27 Andrew Bettles, 6-2, 7-5, in the No. 1 singles slot directly in front of a crowd of spectators. Siddiqui is currently on a five-match winning streak, while Nicholas has won four in a row.
Freshman Marvin Tawasi, playing in just his third match of the season, earned a 6-4, 6-4 decision against Garrett Patton, while sophomore Thorsten Bertsch sealed the match for the Aztecs with a 7-6 (3), 6-4 victory over Nathan Sereke. Sophomore Andranik Khachatryan added a victory over Toby Mitchell, 3-6, 7-5, 6-4, to put an exclamation point on the day.
The Aztecs won despite losing the doubles point to start the afternoon. Nicholas and Bertsch topped Bettles and Sereke, 8-2, in the No. 1 slot, before Boise State went on to win the No. 2 and No. 3 matchups. Doubles play ended with the No. 3 duo of Spencer Simon and Shiva Sangwan losing a tight match to the Broncos' team of Toby Mitchell and Filipp Pogostkin, 8-6.
SDSU returns to the court on Thursday, as the Aztecs host a double header against No. 12 California and No. 7 Pepperdine at Aztec Tennis Center. The match against Cal is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. PT, while the matchup against Pepperdine is set for 1 p.m. PT.