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M. Tennis Suffers Close Loss to No. 56 Princeton

The Aztecs lost a close match to Princeton on Friday.
The Aztecs lost a close match to Princeton on Friday.

March 21, 2014

SAN DIEGO - The San Diego State men's tennis team dropped a close match to No. 56 Princeton, 4-3, on Friday afternoon in the Mission Valley Hilton Spring Invitational at Barnes Tennis Center.

The Aztecs won the doubles point to begin the match, as the No. 1 team of senior Hunter Nicholas (Park City, Utah) and junior Andranik Khachatryan topped Alex Day and Zack McCourt, 8-1, while the No. 3 duo of junior Thorsten Bertsch (Mannheim, Germany) and freshman Milen Ianakiev (Elz, Germany) knocked off Tom Coulatti and Josh Yablon, 8-5.

Senior Juan Florez (Bogota, Colombia) put SDSU ahead, 2-0, as he began singles play with a win over Florin Radu, 6-3, 6-2, in the No. 5 slot, but Khachatryan fell to Dan Davies, 6-2, 6-2, in No. 6 singles.

Freshman Hendrik Jebens (Stuttgart, Germany) dropped his No. 4 singles match to Yablon, 6-4, 7-6, and Nicholas fell short in three sets to Colautti, 6-2, 2-6, 7-5, in the No. 2 spot.

Bertsch defeated McCourt in three sets, 6-4, 1-6, 6-1, to knot the match at 3-3, but sophomore Freddy Gelbrich couldn't hold off Day in three sets, 5-7, 6-3, 6-4, as the Tigers earned the dual-match victory.

The Aztecs return to action on Saturday, March 22, when they take on No. 73 Denver at San Diego Tennis and Racquet Club.

No. 56 Princeton 4, San Diego State 3

Doubles:
1 Day/McCourt (P) def. Khachatryan/Nicholas (SDSU) 8-1
2 Davies/Quazzo (P) vs. Gelbrich/Jebens (SDSU) 5-7 (SD) DNF
3 Colautti/Yablon (P) Bertsch/Meinzer (SD) 8-5

Singles: 1 Thorsten Bertsch (SDSU) def. Zack McCourt (P) 6-4, 1-6, 6-
2 Tom Colautti (P) def. Hunter Nicholas (SDSU) 6-2, 2-6, 7-5
3 Alex Day (P) def. Freddy Gelbrich (SDSU) 5-7, 6-3, 6-4
4 Josh Yablon (P) def. Hendrik Jebens (SDSU) 6-4, 7-6
5 Juan Florez (SDSU) def. Florin Radu (P) 6-3, 6-2
6 Dan Davies (P) def. Andranik Khachatryan (SDSU) 6-2, 6-2

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