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No. 75 M. Tennis Drops Match to No. 1 USC

Senior Hunter Nicholas and the Aztecs fell to No. 1 USC on Tuesday.
Senior Hunter Nicholas and the Aztecs fell to No. 1 USC on Tuesday.

March 25, 2014

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SAN DIEGO - The No. 75 San Diego State men's tennis team dropped its match to No. 1 USC, 7-0, on Tuesday afternoon at Marks Stadium.

The Aztecs (8-9, 3-0 MW) started strong in doubles play to begin the match, but were unable to claim the doubles point. SDSU's No. 1 team of senior Hunter Nicholas (Park City, Utah) and junior Andranik Khachatryan (Burbank, Calif.) were topped by Max de Vroome and Eric Johnson, 8-2, while the Aztecs' No. 2 duo of sophomore Freddy Gelbrich (Isernhagen, Germany) and freshman Hendrik Jebens (Stuttgart, Germany) fell to Roberto Quiroz and Nick Crystal, 8-5.

San Diego State's No. 3 unit of junior Thorsten Bertsch (Mannheim, Germany) and freshman Jonas Meinzer (Buggingen, Germany) were locked in a tight battle with Rob Bellamy and Ray Sarmiento, before the Trojans clinched the doubles point and play was suspended.

USC (18-2) fielded a singles lineup consisting of three ranked players on Tuesday, and has six total on its roster. Khachatryan dropped his match to Bellamy, 6-1, 6-1, on the No. 6 court, while freshman Milen Ianakiev (Elz, Germany) lost to Michael Grant, 6-0, 6-2, in No. 4 singles.

Bertsch came up short in the No. 1 slot against 56th-ranked Roberto Quiroz, 6-2, 6-2, for the Trojans' fourth point to seal the dual match victory, and Gelbrich fell to Johnson, 6-1, 7-5, in the No. 3 spot. Senior Juan Florez (Bogota, Colombia) dropped his match on the No. 5 court to 44th-ranked Jonny Wang, 6-2, 6-3, while Nicholas lost a hard-fought three-set battle with No. 100 de Vroome, 6-4, 5-7, 10-2, in No. 2 singles, wrapping up the day's action.

The Aztecs return to the court on Saturday, April 5, when they play host to UC Santa Barbara, beginning at 11 a.m. PT.