Men’s Tennis Falls to Fresno State, 4-1
April 15, 2018
FRESNO, Calif. – San Diego State wrapped up its regular-season schedule on a sour note Sunday, falling to Fresno State 4-1 in a Mountain West dual match at Spalding G. Wathen Tennis Center.
The Aztecs (5-19, 3-4 MW) dropped a closely contested doubles point before ceding three of four completed singles matches, as the Bulldogs (16-11, 5-1 MW) remain unbeaten at home in 11 outings this spring.
After the tandem of David Hough and Arnaud Restifo suffered a 6-2 setback to the duo of Youssef Hassan and Mantas Bugailiskis in the No. 3 position, the pairing of Sander Gjoels-Andersen and Rafael Gonzalez Almazan responded with a 6-4 triumph over Zdenek Derkas and Cem Erturk in the No. 1 slot.
The attention quickly shifted to the No. 2 court where the combo of Raul de la Torre and Jan Kirchhoff found themselves in a tight match with Cagatay Soke and Xavier Veys, before coming out on the wrong side of a 7-6(5) decision.
Haunted perhaps by its narrow miss, the Scarlet and Black was unable to generate momentum in singles play, falling behind 3-0 after Restifo was dismissed by Derkas in the No. 2 position, 6-3, 6-0, while de la Torre experienced a similar fate in a 6-2, 6-0 defeat to Jeremy Moser at No. 6.
SDSU broke through with its first point of the day moments later when Gonzalez Almazan emerged triumphant over Henrique Osorio by a 6-3, 6-1 tally in the fifth spot.
However, Fresno State promptly extinguished the Aztecs’ comeback hopes after Erturk prevailed over Gjoels-Andersen, 6-3, 6-4, at No. 3.
Two matches remained unfinished when the requisite fourth point was recorded. Ignacio Martinez trailed Veys 6-5 in the second set on court No. 1 after his Bulldog adversary captured the first by a 6-4 count. Meanwhile, Kirchhoff found himself on the wrong side of 3-0 score in the third set of his encounter with Soke in the fourth position after splitting the first two, 4-6, 6-1.
Fresno State 4, San Diego State 1
Order of finish: 3, 1, 2
Order of finish: 2, 6, 5, 3*