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Men's Tennis Drops Match to No. 23 Harvard

Sophomore Andranik Khachatryan and the Aztecs lost to No. 23 Harvard on Friday.
Sophomore Andranik Khachatryan and the Aztecs lost to No. 23 Harvard on Friday.

March 22, 2013

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SAN DIEGO - The No. 37 San Diego State Men's Tennis team had its four-match winning streak snapped on Friday, as the Aztecs lost to No. 23 Harvard, 4-1, in the second round of the SDSU/USD Invite at Aztec Tennis Center.

The match began with Harvard winning the doubles point, as the Crimson's No. 67-ranked team of Denis Nguyen and Casey MacMaster topped sophomore Thorsten Bertsch and Hunter Nicholas, 8-6, in the No. 1 doubles slot. Harvard's No. 3 unit of Kelvin Lam and Alex Steinroeder knocked off junior Juan Florez and Marvin Tawasi, 8-3, to put the Aztecs in an early hole.

In singles play, Andy Nguyen defeated Tawasi, 6-2, 6-1, to extend Harvard's lead to 2-0, and Nicky Hu's win over Florez, 6-3, 6-1, in the No. 5 slot pushed SDSU within one point of the loss. Nicholas earned a victory against Steinroeder, 6-2, 7-6 (5) in No. 3 singles to keep the Aztecs alive, but Denis Nguyen rallied after losing the first set to top No. 74 Derek Siddiqui, 2-6, 6-0, 6-1, in the No. 1 slot to clinch the match victory.

SDSU (12-5, 2-0 MW) will play in the third-place match against No. 44 Memphis on Saturday morning, beginning at 10 a.m. PT at Aztec Tennis Center. The Tigers are 6-5 this season, and are led by No. 105 Joe Salisbury and No. 111 Lukas Vrnak.