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No. 64 M. Tennis Falls to No. 18 Oklahoma State

Sophomore Freddy Gelbrich and the Aztecs fell to No. 18 Oklahoma State on Thursday.
Sophomore Freddy Gelbrich and the Aztecs fell to No. 18 Oklahoma State on Thursday.

Feb. 27, 2014

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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.