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Men's Tennis Rolls Past No. 39 Boise State

Senior Derek Siddiqui and the Aztecs defeated No. 39 Boise State on Saturday.
Senior Derek Siddiqui and the Aztecs defeated No. 39 Boise State on Saturday.

Feb. 23, 2013

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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.