SDSU Men's Tennis Can't Overcome Defaults Against UC Santa Barbara
April 18, 2004
SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego State men's tennis team won four of the seven contested matches but could not overcome playing with a short lineup in a 4-3 loss to UC Santa Barbara on Sunday afternoon at the SDSU Courts.
The Aztecs, ranked 71st nationally, won at number one doubles and claimed the top three singles positions by dropping just nine games in six sets. But, San Diego State defaulted at number three doubles and number six singles to give the Gauchos, ranked 65th nationally, a one-point victory.
The teams split the two doubles matches, with UCSB gaining the point because of the default at number three doubles and the Gauchos built the advantage to 2-0 with the default at number six singles.
San Diego State responded by storming to victory in the top three singles positions. At number one, 44th-ranked Felix Hardt closed out Alex Anselme, 6-2, 6-0, to tie the match at one. SDSU quickly took the lead with Markus Dickhardt losing just four games in a straight-set win at number two and Daniel Jung dropping three-games at number three and the Aztecs led 3-2.
UC Santa Barbara claimed the win with a pair of three-set victories at number five and four singles. At five, Nick Edlefsen rallied from a one-set deficit to defeat Michael Coehlo, 3-6, 6-2, 6-3. With the team match in the balance, Matt Coin held off Dontia Haynes, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, to give the Gauchos a win.
The Aztecs are off until playing host to the Mountain West Conference Championships at the Barnes Center beginning on Thursday, April 29.
No. 65 UC Santa Barbara 4, No. 71 San Diego State 3