M. Tennis Stumbles at Pepperdine, 6-1

Rafael Gonzalez Almazan was victorious at No. 5 singles vs. Pepperdine on Sunday.
Rafael Gonzalez Almazan was victorious at No. 5 singles vs. Pepperdine on Sunday.
Feb. 25, 2018

MALIBU, Calif. -- The San Diego State men's tennis team ended the weekend on a sour note after dropping a 6-1 decision to Pepperdine in a non-conference dual match Sunday at Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center. With the loss, the Aztecs slip to 2-8 on the season, while the Waves move to 2-6 overall.

SDSU stumbled out of the gates, losing both completed doubles matches. The tandem of Joel Popov and Arnaud Restifo suffered a 6-2 setback at the hands of Brian Berdusco and Lautaro Pane in the No. 3 position, while the duo of Sander Gjoels-Andersen and Nicholas Mitchell experienced a similar fate in a 6-3 defeat to Dane Esses and Dennis Uspensky in the No. 1 spot.

Meanwhile on the No. 2 court, Santiago Cevallos and Rafael Gonzalez Almazan found themselves trailing Max Mendelsohn and Yusuf Khamis by a narrow 5-4 margin when the contest was halted after Pepperdine secured the early point.

Trailing 1-0, the Aztecs were unable to regroup in singles, as Gonzalez Almazan provided the lone bright spot with a 6-2, 6-1 conquest of Pane in the No. 5 position.

However, the Waves were a tough nut to crack on this day despite their own modest record, taking five of the remaining encounters in straight-set fashion.

Restifo fell victim to Esses in the second spot by a 6-2, 6-1 tally, while Cevallos dropped a 6-2, 6-4 decision to Uspensky at the top of the ladder. Moments later, Pepperdine collected the requisite fourth point when Mendelsohn dispatched Ignacio Martinez, 6-4, 6-1, on court No. 6.

With the outcome no longer in question, the final two matches continued to their finish. However, Popov was subdued by Khamis in the fourth slot, 6-2, 6-2, while Gjoels-Andersen came up short to Berdusco, 6-1, 6-4, at No. 3.

Up Next
SDSU will compete in its first home match in over a month when it plays host to the 36th-ranked California Golden Bears on Thursday, March 1, starting at 1:30 p.m. PT. Select Aztecs will also partake in the annual Pacific Coast Doubles Championships, March 2-4, in La Jolla, Calif.

Pepperdine 6, San Diego State 1
February 25, 2018
Malibu, Calif.
Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center

1. Dane Esses/Dennis Uspensky (PEPP) def. Sander Gjoels-Andersen/Nicholas Mitchell (SDSU), 6-3
2. Max Mendelsohn/Yusuf Khamis (PEPP) vs. Santiago Cevallos/Rafael G. Almazan (SDSU), 5-4 DNF
3. Brian Berdusco/Lautaro Pane (PEPP) def. Joel Popov/Arnaud Restifo (SDSU), 6-2

Order of finish: 1, 3
Pepperdine wins doubles point

1. Dennis Uspensky (PEPP) def. Santiago Cevallos (SDSU), 6-2, 6-4
2. Dane Esses (PEPP) def. Arnaud Restifo (SDSU), 6-2, 6-1
3. Brian Berdusco (PEPP) vs. Sander Gjoels-Andersen (SDSU), 6-1, 6-4
4. Yusuf Khamis (PEPP) def. Joel Popov (SDSU), 6-2, 6-2
5. Rafael Gonzalez Almazan (SDSU) def. Lautaro Pane (PEPP), 6-2, 6-1
6. Max Mendelsohn (PEPP) def. Ignacio Martinez (SDSU), 6-4, 6-1

Order of finish: 2, 5, 1, 6*, 4, 3
* Match-clinching victory

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