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SDSU Men's Tennis Falls To USD, 5-2

Junior Christian Groh recorded his third straight singles victory on Saturday against USD.
Junior Christian Groh recorded his third straight singles victory on Saturday against USD.

March 25, 2006

SAN DIEGO - The 72nd-ranked San Diego State men's tennis team saw its modest two-match winning streak come to a screeching halt on Saturday afternoon, suffering a 5-2 defeat to No. 36 San Diego in a clash between cross-town rivals at USD's West Courts. With the loss, the Aztecs saw their record slip to 6-6, while the Toreros improve to 10-5 on the season.

SDSU stumbled out of the gates in doubles action when the No. 1 team of Benedikt Stronk and Billy Timu dropped an 8-5 decision to USD's Pierrick Ysern and Thomas Liversage. The Aztecs responded with an 8-5 victory of their own as the tandem of Christian Groh and Eugenio Romero disposed of Chris Coetzee and Oscar Plotnik at the No. 3 spot. In the deciding match, the No. 2 pairing of Markus Dickhardt and Stephan Timu were locked in an epic struggle with USD's Mirza Koristovic and Jonas Mouly. Leading 8-7, the SDSU duo reached break point on one occasion, but could not close the deal, losing in a heartbreaker 9-8 (5).

The Aztecs fell behind 2-0 at the start of singles play after Stephan Timu was roughed up at the No. 4 position by the Toreros' Thomas Liversage, 6-1, 6-1. SDSU, however, got on the board when Christian Groh extended his winning streak to three, dispatching Mirza Koristovic, 6-2, 6-2, at the No. 3 spot.

Trailing 2-1, the Aztecs could not generate any momentum the rest of the way until the outcome had already been decided. At the No. 2 position, Benedikt Stronk was dealt a 6-3, 6-3 defeat by Oscar Plotnik, while the fatal blow was delivered on the No. 1 court as Markus Dickhardt succumbed to Pierrick Ysern, 6-1, 7-6 (5), in a battle of nationally ranked players.

SDSU was able to salvage one last point when Robert Sabo (No. 6) won his third match in a row with a three-set victory over Jonas Mouly, 6-2, 2-6, 6-3.

The Aztecs return to action Tuesday afternoon when Harvard invades Aztec Tennis Center on March 28. The match is scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m.

No. 36 SAN DIEGO 5, No. 72 SAN DIEGO STATE 2
USD West Courts--San Diego, Calif.

Doubles:
1) No. 20 Pierrick Ysern/Thomas Liversage (USD) def. Benedikt Stronk/Billy Timu (SDSU), 8-5.
2) Mirza Koristovic/Jonas Mouly (USD) def. Markus Dickhardt/Stephan Timu (SDSU), 9-8 (5).
3) Christian Groh/Eugenio Romero (SDSU) def. Chris Coetzee/Oscar Plotnik (USD), 8-5.
USD wins doubles point

Singles:
1) No. 53 Pierrick Ysern (USD) def. No. 116 Markus Dickhardt (SDSU), 6-1, 7-6 (5).
2) Oscar Plotnik (USD) def. Benedikt Stronk (SDSU), 6-3, 6-3.
3) Christian Groh (SDSU) def. Mirza Koristovic (USD), 6-2, 6-2.
4) Thomas Liversage (USD) def. Stephan Timu (SDSU), 6-1, 6-1.
5) Ryo Sekiguchi (USD) def. Anthony Gomez (SDSU), 6-4, 1-6, 6-2.
6) Robert Sabo (SDSU) def. Jonas Mouly (USD), 6-2, 2-6, 6-3.

Order of finish
Doubles: 1, 3, 2
Singles: 4, 3, 2, 1*, 5, 6
*match-securing victory