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

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.

USD West Courts--San Diego, Calif.

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

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

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