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M. Tennis Earns Victory over No. 73 Denver, 4-2

Freshman Jonas Meinzer and the Aztecs defeated Denver on Saturday.
Freshman Jonas Meinzer and the Aztecs defeated Denver on Saturday.

March 22, 2014

San Diego - San Diego State men's tennis freshman Jonas Meinzer (Buggingen, Germany) earned his first-career dual match singles victory on Saturday afternoon, lifting the Aztecs over No. 73 Denver, 4-2, on Saturday afternoon in the Mission Valley Hilton Spring Invitational at San Diego Tennis and Racquet Club.

SDSU (8-8, 3-0 MW) rallied in doubles play to win the point to begin the match. After the Aztecs' No. 3 team of junior Thorsten Bertsch (Mannheim, Germany) and Meinzer fell to Eric Marbach and Yannik James, 8-6, San Diego State's No. 1 duo of senior Hunter Nicholas and junior Andranik Khachatryan topped Henry Craig and Alex Gasson, 8-5, to knot it 1-1.

The Aztecs went on to earn the doubles point when the No. 2 unit of sophomore Freddy Gelbrich (Isernhagen, Germany) and freshman Hendrik Jebens (Stuttgart, Germany) knocked off Diogo Rocha and Fabio Biasion, 8-5.

Singles play began with freshman Milen Ianakiev (Elz, Germany) topping Alex Clinkenbeard, 6-2, 6-1, on the No. 4 court, while Nicholas put SDSU one point away from the dual match win by defeating Rocha, 6-3, 6-2, in No. 2 singles.

Bertsch dropped his match in No. 1 singles to Craig, 6-3, 6-2, and senior Juan Florez (Bogota, Colombia) fell short against Biasion, 6-4, 6-4 in the No. 5 slot. However, Meinzer put an end to the Pioneers' comeback hopes with his victory over Aidan Talcott, 7-6 (2), 7-5.

San Diego State returns to the court on Tuesday, March 25, as it heads north to face No. 4 USC, beginning at 2 p.m. PT.

San Diego State 4, Denver 2

Doubles:
Nicholas/Khachatryan (SDSU)def. Craig/Gasson (DU), 8-5
Jebens/Gelbrich (SDSU) def. Rocha/Biasion (DU), 8-5
Marbach/James (DU) def. Bertsch/Meinzer (SDSU), 8-6

Singles:
1. Craig (DU) def. Bertsch (SDSU), 6-3, 6-2
2. Nicholas (SDSU) def. Rocha, 6-3, 6-2
3. Gelbrich (SDSU) vs. Gasson (DU), 7-6 (3), 4-6, 2-1
4. Ianakiev (SDSU) def. Clinkenbeard (DU), 6-2, 6-1
5. Biasion (DU) def. Florez (SDSU), 6-4, 6-4
6. Meinzer (SDSU) def. Talcott (DU), 7-6 (2), 7-5

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