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Men's Tennis Drops Match to No. 10 Duke

The Aztecs fell to No. 10 Duke on Thursday.
The Aztecs fell to No. 10 Duke on Thursday.

March 13, 2014

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SAN DIEGO - The San Diego State men's tennis team fell short on Thursday afternoon, dropping its match to No. 10 Duke, 7-0, at Aztec Tennis Center.

SDSU (7-6, 3-0 MW) dropped the doubles point to begin the match, as the Aztecs' No. 1 duo of senior Hunter Nicholas (Park City, Utah) and junior Andranik Khachatryan (Burbank, Calif.) fell to Fred Saba and Raphael Hemmeler, 8-4. San Diego State's No. 3 team of junior Thorsten Bertsch (Mannheim, Germany) and freshman Milen Ianakiev (Elz, Germany) lost in a tight match to Jason Tahir and Daniel McCall, 8-7 (5).

No. 2 doubles action was stopped early on, as Duke's Cale Hammond was forced to leave the match due to a gruesome hand injury. However, the Blue Devils had already clinched the point by then.

In singles play, Ianakiev was topped by No. 92 Bruno Semenzato, 6-0, 6-2, while freshman Maxi Boewer-Stelter (Berlin, Germany) fell to Josh Levine, 6-1, 6-3. Sophomore Freddy Gelbrich (Isernhagen, Germany) dropped his match to 58th-ranked Saba, 6-3, 6-2, in the No. 3 slot, and Nicholas fell short to No. 40 Tahir, 6-3, 6-4, in No. 2 singles.

Bertsch put up a good fight against 30th-ranked Michael Redlicki, but ultimately lost, 7-6 (5), 6-3, while freshman Hendrik Jebens (Stuttgart, Germany) lost in three sets to Hemmeler, 7-5, 4-6, 10-7.

San Diego State returns to action next weekend in the San Diego Invitational, beginning on Friday at the Barnes Tennis Center.