SDSU Men's Tennis Blanks Portland, 7- 0

March 18, 2006

SAN DIEGO - The San Diego State men's tennis team rebounded from a disappointing loss to North Carolina earlier in the week with a convincing 7-0 victory over the University of Portland on Saturday in Tucson, Ariz. The Aztecs took all nine matches from the Pilots in the neutral-site clash, which was played at the LaNelle Robson Tennis Center on the campus of the University of Arizona. With the victory, SDSU evened its record at 5-5, while Portland dropped to 5-10 on the season.

In a format switch, all six singles matches were played first, and the Aztecs quickly established their dominance from the start. First off the court was senior Benedikt Stronk, who encountered minimal resistance in a straight-set triumph over James Redpath at No. 1 singles, 6-1, 6-1. Junior Markus Dickhardt followed with a win at the No. 2 spot when his opponent, Scott Kennel, retired in the second set.

SDSU continued the onslaught as junior Anthony Gomez knocked off Joel Kincaid, 6-1, 6-4, ending a five-match losing streak for the Palm Desert, Calif., native. Junior Christian Groh, sophomore Robert Sabo and senior Eugenio Romero also cruised to straight-set victories in their respective matches.

The Aztecs controlled the doubles competition as well, taking all three contests. Stronk and Dickhardt joined forces to defeat the Kincaid-Redpath pairing, 8-5, while Groh and Romero teamed up to dispatch the Pilots' tandem of Carlos Machado and Luis Gonzalez, 8-2, clinching the doubles point. It was then up to Sabo and Gomez to complete the shutout, and the Aztec duo did not disappoint, posting an 8-5 win over Darragh Rowan and Alex Strom.

SDSU completes its weekend road trip on Sunday, remaining in Tucson for a showdown with No. 59 Arizona. The match is scheduled to begin at noon MST.

LaNelle Robson Tennis Center--Tucson, Ariz.

1) Benedikt Stronk (SDSU) def. James Redpath (UP), 6-1, 6-1.
2) No. 112 Markus Dickhardt (SDSU) def. Scott Kennel (UP), 6-3, 1-0, ret.
3) Christian Groh (SDSU) def. Darragh Rowan (UP), 6-3, 6-0.
4) Anthony Gomez (SDSU) def. Joel Kincaid (UP), 6-1, 6-4.
5) Robert Sabo (SDSU) def. Luis Gonzalez (UP), 6-0, 6-3.
6) Eugenio Romero (SDSU) def. Alex Strom (UP), 6-3, 6-2.

1) Benedikt Stronk/Markus Dickhardt (SDSU) def. Joel Kincaid/James Redpath (UP), 8-5.
2) Robert Sabo/Anthony Gomez (SDSU) def. Darragh Rowan/Alex Strom (UP), 8-5.
3) Christian Groh/Eugenio Romero (SDSU) def. Carlos Machado/Luis Gonzalez (UP), 8-2.
SDSU wins doubles point

Order of Finish
Singles: 1, 2, 4, 3*, 6, 5
Doubles: 1, 3, 2

*match-securing victory

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