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SDSU Men's Tennis Suffers Third Straight Upset; Falls to Brigham Young, 4-3

Sophomore Juan Gomez picked up wins in both singles and doubles in the Aztecs' 4-3 loss to BYU on Thursday.
Sophomore Juan Gomez picked up wins in both singles and doubles in the Aztecs' 4-3 loss to BYU on Thursday.

April 10, 2008

PROVO, Utah - For the third time in less than a week, the 54th-ranked San Diego State men's tennis team fell victim to the upset bug, dropping a 4-3 heartbreaker to Brigham Young on Thursday in a Mountain West Conference dual match at BYU's indoor tennis facility. After ceding the early doubles point, the Aztecs (12-9, 1-3 MWC) stormed back with three straight victories in singles competition to take a 3-1 lead, only to see the Cougars (14-9, 2-2 MWC) respond with three wins of their own to escape with the victory.

With temperatures hovering in the upper 30s at match time, the contest was moved indoors. However, the switch failed to yield immediate dividends as SDSU came up short in doubles action. First off the courts were Achim Ceban and Tim Schulz van Endert, who suffered an 8-3 setback at the hands of Daniel Hwang and Thomas Shubert in the No. 2 position. Andre Feliz and Matan Shitrit experienced similar difficulty in the No. 3 slot as Cassidy Mears and Evan Urbina upended the Aztec tandem by an 8-4 count, which gave BYU an early 1-0 advantage. With the doubles point secured, Bartosz Golas and Juan Gomez prevented a sweep by outlasting Jonathan Sanchez and A.J. Young, 7-6(4) in an abbreviated tiebreaker at No. 1 for the duo's ninth triumph in their last 11 starts.

SDSU picked itself off the mat at the outset of singles play, winning the first three matches in straight sets. Ceban jump-started the rally with a 6-1, 7-6(4) victory over Mears in the No. 3 position, while Shitrit prevailed by a 6-3, 7-5 margin over Sanchez at the top of the ladder. Gomez then gave the Scarlet and Black a 3-1 cushion after pulling away from Urbina, 7-6(5), 6-2, in the fourth spot.

The Aztecs were poised to clinch the match over in the No. 2 slot after Golas built a 3-1 lead in the third set against Shubert. However, his Cougar adversary clawed back to claim the pivotal encounter, 6-7(4), 6-4, 6-4, which gave the home team new life. In just his fourth singles encounter of the season, Jordan Colman was unable to defuse BYU's momentum as Young pinned a 6-2, 6-2 defeat on the sophomore transfer, knotting the score at 3-3. All eyes then turned to court five, where Feliz yielded to Hwang in a hard-fought battle, 6-4, 6-4, saddling SDSU with its first three-loss total in MWC regular-season play since joining the league in 2000.

For the third straight match, the Aztecs were without the services of No. 5 singles player Danny Heidecker, who remained in San Diego to recover from an illness he incurred following SDSU's 7-0 victory over Air Force on April 4 in Albuquerque, N.M. Heidecker is expected to return to the lineup in time for the MWC championships, April 24-26, in Fort Worth, Texas.

San Diego State resumes its weekend MWC slate on Friday, April 11, as it remains in Provo to face No. 34 TCU beginning at 10 a.m. MDT.

BRIGHAM YOUNG 4, No. 54 SAN DIEGO STATE 3
BYU Indoor Tennis Courts
Provo, Utah

Doubles
1. Bartosz Golas / Juan Gomez (SDSU) def. Jonathan Sanchez / A.J. Young (BYU), 7-6(4)
2. Daniel Hwang / Thomas Shubert (BYU) def. Achim Ceban / Tim Schulz van Endert (SDSU), 8-3
3. Cassidy Mears / Evan Urbina (BYU) def. Andre Feliz / Matan Shitrit (SDSU), 8-4
Brigham Young wins doubles point

Singles
1. Matan Shitrit (SDSU) def. Jonathan Sanchez (BYU), 6-3, 7-5
2. Thomas Shubert (BYU) def. Bartosz Golas (SDSU), 6-7(4), 6-4, 6-4
3. Achim Ceban (SDSU) def. Cassidy Mears (BYU), 6-1, 7-6(4)
4. Juan Gomez (SDSU) def. Evan Urbina (BYU), 7-6(5), 6-2
5. Daniel Hwang (BYU) def. Andre Feliz (SDSU), 6-4, 6-4
6. A.J. Young (BYU) def. Jordan Colman (SDSU), 6-2, 6-2

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