SDSU Men's Tennis Falls to UNLV, 4-2, in Regular-Season Finale
April 12, 2008
PROVO, Utah - The 54th-ranked San Diego State men's tennis team ended its regular season on a sour note Saturday as it came up on the short end of a 4-2 decision to Mountain West Conference rival UNLV in a neutral-site clash on Brigham Young University's indoor tennis courts in Provo, Utah. The Aztecs suffered their fifth straight defeat, dropping to 12-11 on the year and 1-5 in the MWC, while the Rebels raised their record to 10-11 overall and 3-3 in league play.
For the first time in eight matches this season, SDSU was defeated after capturing all three doubles encounters. The freshman tandem of Andre Feliz and Tim Schulz van Endert got things rolling for the Scarlet and Black with an 8-4 triumph over Luca Barlocchi and Wesley Burrows in the No. 2 position, while Achim Ceban and Matan Shitrit netted the clinching point after outlasting Bryan Miller and Rony Yeghnazary, 9-7, in the third slot. Bartosz Golas and Juan Gomez then completed the sweep with a 9-8 squeaker over David Campbell and Elliot Wronski in another nail-biter on the No. 1 court.
Unfortunately for the Aztecs, success proved elusive in singles competition as UNLV stormed back with four wins in five contests to pull out the victory. First off the court was Ceban, who had the tables turned on him by Burrows in a 6-0, 6-2 defeat at No. 3. At the top of the ladder, Shitrit gained the upper hand in his battle with Wronski, capturing the first set, 6-3. However, the Rebels' 85th-ranked singles player got off the ropes to claim the final two sets, 6-4, 6-2, giving the defending MWC tournament champions their first lead at 2-1.
SDSU pulled even after Gomez survived a tight opening set to dispose of Campbell, 7-5, 6-3, in the fourth slot. Over on the second court, Golas was locked in a three-set struggle with Barlocchi before the Aztec junior ultimately yielded to his Rebel opponent, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4. The Scarlet and Black needed a win at No. 5 to stay alive; however, UNLV laid those plans to rest when Yeghnazary downed Jordan Colman, 6-2, 6-3, to secure the requisite fourth point for the team victory. With the final outcome no longer in doubt, Feliz's match against Miller in the sixth position was halted.
San Diego State will have two weeks off to prepare for the MWC championships, April 24-26, at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center on the campus of TCU in Fort Worth, Texas. The league will announce seedings next week.
UNLV 4, No. 54 SAN DIEGO STATE 2
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