SDSU Men's Tennis Upsets No. 40 UNLV, 5-2
April 3, 2005
SAN DIEGO - San Diego State upset 40th-ranked UNLV, 5-2, Sunday afternoon at SDSU Tennis Stadium to post its sixth straight victory and take sole possession of first place in the Mountain West Conference. The win improves the Aztecs' record to 10-5 overall and 3-0 in conference play, while the Rebels fall to 13-6 on the season and 1-2 in the MWC.
San Diego State earned the doubles point by winning at Nos. 2 and 3. Daniel Jung and Dontia Haynes took care of Henner Nehles and Avi Salomon, 8-5, to hand the UNLV duo their second loss of the season and second in as many days. Clinching the point for SDSU were Markus Dickhardt and Eugenio Romero, who notched their sixth straight win with an 8-2 victory over Johnathan Hooper and Martin Redelinghuys.
In singles action, the bottom of the lineup carried the Aztecs from the outset. After Dickhardt fell at No. 2, Jung came through with a, 6-2, 6-2, win over David Campbell at No. 6. Later, Chris Groh tallied a, 6-3, 6-1, victory at No. 4 to put SDSU up 3-1.
Moments after Groh won, Benedikt Stronk lost at No. 1 to Henner Nehles, 7-6(3), 6-2, to bring the Rebels to within one of the Aztecs.
With SDSU needing only one point to win the match, Haynes finished off Hooper, 6-2, 6-2, at No. 5 to win the match and give SDSU its sixth consecutive victory.
At No. 3, 93rd-ranked Armando Carrascosa was engaged in a tight match. The senior fell in the first set, 3-6, but responded in the second with a 6-3 effort to force a supertiebreaker. In the 10-point tiebreaker, Carrascosa won the first three points before letting his opponent, Romain Massaro back into the game. After trading points back-and-forth, the current MWC player of the week rattled off five straight points to win the match.
The Aztecs will be action this Wednesday when they host city-rival San Diego at SDSU Tennis Stadium. The match is slated for a 1:30 p.m. start.
San Diego State 5, #40 UNLV 2