No. 64 M. Tennis Falls to No. 18 Oklahoma State
Feb. 27, 2014
SAN DIEGO - The No. 64 San Diego State men's tennis team was unable to start another winning streak on Thursday, as the Aztecs dropped their dual match to No. 18 Oklahoma State, 4-0, in a match much closer than the final score indicates.
SDSU (6-4, 3-0 MW) was unable to record a point, but was locked in three separate three-set matches when Oklahoma State earned its fourth point to seal the dual-match victory. The Cowboys took the doubles point to begin the match, and sealed the win with three-straight points in singles play.
The Aztecs' No. 1 doubles team of junior Thorsten Bertsch (Mannheim, Germany) and senior Hunter Nicholas (Park City, Utah) fell short to OSU's duo of Arjun Kadhe and Jakob Sude, 8-4, before San Diego State's No. 3 unit of senior Juan Florez (Bogota, Colombia) and Milen Ianakiev were topped by Chris Haworth and Brady Bohrnstedt, 8-6.
SDSU's No. 2 team of sophomore Freddy Gelbrich (Isernhagen, Germany) and freshman Hendrik Jebens (Stuttgart, Germany) led the Cowboys' team of Lucas Gerch and Matt Campbell, 6-5, when OSU clinched the doubles' point.
Singles action included several tight battles, as Bertsch led 64th-ranked Sude, 6-3, 2-6, 3-1, in the No. 1 slot, Nicholas was in a close match with Kadhe, 7-5, 3-6, 1-2, and Jebens played Brady Bohrnstedt tough, 7-6 (4), 0-6, 0-1. However, each was left unfinished when Oklahoma State earned its fourth point.
Gerch topped Gelbrich, 6-1, 6-1, in the No. 3 slot, Nicolai Ferrigno held off Florez, 6-4, 6-0, in No. 6 singles and Chris Haworth defeated Aztecs' freshman Maxi Boewer-Stelter (Berlin, Germany), 6-4, 6-2, in the No. 5 spot.
SDSU was playing its first home dual match since sweeping UC Riverside and Mountain West foe Nevada in its season openers on Jan. 18. Thursday's match didn't begin until 4 p.m. PT, as rain delayed the scheduled 2 p.m. start. The Aztecs were coming off a road victory over Pacific, 4-2, on Saturday.
San Diego State will compete in this weekend's Pacific Coast Doubles Championship in La Jolla, Calif., weather permitting, and resumes dual-match play on Thursday, March 6, at home against Rice, beginning at 2 p.m. PT.