Men's Tennis Falls at Home to Cal, 4-0
March 1, 2018
SAN DIEGO -- Competing at home for the first time in over a month, San Diego State was unable to draw inspiration from its environs Thursday, falling to visiting California, 4-0, in a non-conference dual match at Aztec Tennis Center. With the loss, SDSU slips to 2-9 on the year, while the Golden Bears even their record at 4-4 overall.
The Aztecs stumbled out the gates in doubles play, dropping both completed matches in short order. The duo of Joel Popov and Arnaud Restifo suffered a 6-0 shutout at the hands of Dominic Barretto and Can Kaya in the No. 3 position, while the tandem of Santiago Cevallos and Rafael Gonzalez Almazan experienced a nearly identical result in the No. 2 slot, dropping a 6-1 decision to Ben Draper and Jack Molloy.
With the doubles outcome no longer in question, Sander Gjoels-Andersen and Nicholas Mitchell had their encounter on the No. 1 court suspended after the 30th-ranked combo of Billy Griffith and J.T. Nishimura grabbed a 4-3 lead.
Subsequently, Restifo fell victim to Griffith at the outset of singles play, with the 79th-ranked player in the nation claiming a 6-0, 6-3 decision at the top of the lineup. Moments later, SDSU's David Hough was subdued by Jacob Brimm by a 6-2, 6-2 count in the fifth spot, while Gonzalez Alamazan came out on the wrong side of a 6-4, 6-0 score against Molloy on the No. 3 court.
The three remaining matches were left unfinished in the wake of Molloy's clinching victory. At No. 6, Mitchell dropped an early tiebreaker and was knotted with Draper 3-3 in the second set, while Gjoels-Andersen and Nishimura were also deadlocked 3-3 at No. 2 after the former took the opening set, 7-5. In addition, Jan Kirchhoff found himself trailing Barretto 5-3 after dropping the first set 6-2 on court No. 4.
California 4, San Diego State 0
Order of finish: 3, 2
Order of finish: 1, 5, 3*