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SDSU Men's Tennis Advances to First MWC Title Match Since 2006


April 30, 2010

 
MWC Men's Tennis Championships - Final
The Match Up (2) San Diego State (13-12) vs. (4) TCU (11-12)
Match Information Saturday, May 1, 2010 | 10 a.m. PT
Location Fertitta Tennis Complex | Las Vegas, Nev.
Online Coverage Tournament Page | Live Results
Additional Links SDSU 4, TCU 3 (previous meeting) | Conference Championships
 
SAN DIEGO -  The San Diego State men's tennis team advanced to the Mountain West Conference championship match for the seventh time in the 11-year history of the league on Friday, with a dominating performance over the host school, UNLV. The Aztecs cruised to a 4-0 victory and were up a set in two other singles matches, which were halted after SDSU clinched the team victory.

The second-seeded Aztecs, winners of a league-tying three MWC tournament championships, will go for their fourth tournament title on Saturday against fourth-seeded TCU, who upset top-seeded Brigham Young, 4-2.

The program is looking to add to its impressive resume of 10 conference championships since the formation of the Mountain West, prior to the 2000 season. In addition to the three postseason titles (2002, 2003 and 2005), San Diego State has claimed seven regular-season MWC men's tennis championships (2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006 and 2007). This marks the Aztecs first appearance in the league championship match since 2006.

San Diego State got off to a good start, earning the doubles point that eluded the Aztecs during SDSU's 4-3 regular-season victory over the Rebels. Although SDSU's top duo of Achim Vladimirschii and Giovanni Vaglietti, ranked 87th nationally, were upset at number one doubles, the Aztecs were able to earn victories at number two and three positions to earn the team point.

At number two doubles, Juan Gomez and Luis Rattenhuber were 9-7 winners over Johannes Markel and Bernard Schoeman. Andre Feliz and Tim Schulz van Endert secured the team point with a 9-8 win against Kasper Konyves and Attila Toth. Feliz and Schulz Van Endert improved to 15-5 in the dual portion of the season and provided San Diego State with its ninth consecutive victory at the number three position.

Vladimirchii pushed San Diego State's advantage to 2-0, dropping just three games while disposing of Luca Barlocchi at number two singles, 6-2, 6-1. It was the fourth consecutive singles victory for the senior, who won his 10th dual singles match of the season.

Feliz, a junior from San Gabriel, Calif., was the lone player in the match to earn victories for his team in both singles and doubles play. After securing the doubles point for the Aztecs, Feliz cruised to a 6-1, 6-2, straight-set win at number six singles over Konyves. The victory, the fourth in a row for Feliz, gave the three-time letterwinner a 12th victory in dual matches. He is one of three Aztec players to reach double figures in singles wins this year.

One day after earning Mountain West Conference player of the year, Gomez punched San Diego State's ticket to the final with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Mehdi Bouras at number one singles. The senior won his seventh consecutive match and now has 22 singles victories this season.

The Aztecs own a winning record for the first time this season, improving to 13-12 overall and claiming their fourth straight win and the ninth in the last 10 outings. UNLV is 13-12 overall.

The men's tennis program will be trying to add to the three Mountain West Conference championships (women's soccer, women's basketball and men's basketball) already claimed by Aztecs' athletic teams this academic year. The championship match between the Aztecs and Horned Frogs is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. PT. San Diego State won the regular-season meeting between the teams 4--3 in San Diego on April 4. Live scoring for the match is available at GoAztecs.com.

No. 55 San Diego State 4, No. 67 UNLV 0
MWC Championship - Semifinals Round
Fertitta Tennis Complex; Las Vegas, Nev.
Friday, April 30, 2010

DOUBLES
1. Luca Barlocchi/Mehdi Bouras (UNLV) def. No. 87 Achim Vladimirschii/Giovanni Vaglietti (SDSU), 8-6
2. Juan Gomez/Luis Rattenhuber (SDSU) def. Johannes Markel/Bernard Schoeman (UNLV), 9-7
3. Andre Feliz/Tim Schulz van Endert (SDSU) def. Kasper Konyves/Attila Toth (UNLV), 9-8 (7-2)
Order of Finish: 2, 1, 3*
* - clinched doubles point

SINGLES
1. Juan Gomez (SDSU) def. Mehdi Bouras (UNLV), 6-3, 6-3
2. Achim Vladimirschii (SDSU) def. Luca Barlocchi (UNLV), 6-2, 6-1
3. Giovanni Vaglietti (SDSU) vs. Attila Toth (UNLV), did not finish
4. Luis Rattenhuber (SDSU) vs. Johannes Markel (UNLV), did not finish
5. Tim Schulz van Endert (SDSU) vs. Bernard Schoeman (UNLV), did not finish
6. Andre Feliz (SDSU) def. Kasper Konyves (UNLV), 6-1, 6-2
Order of Finish: 2, 6, 1*
* - clinched team match

Team Records: San Diego State: 13-12; UNLV: 13-12
Weather: 58 degrees, sunny

 

 
 MWC Championships (Las Vegas, Nev.)
Quarterfinals (Wednesday)
(2) San Diego State 4, (7) Air Force 0
(3) New Mexico vs. (6), UNLV, PPD-Winds
(4) TCU vs. (5) Utah, PPD-Winds
Quarterfinals (Thursday)
(6), UNLV 4, (3) New Mexico 3
(4) TCU 4, (5) Utah 2
Semifinals (Friday)
(2) San Diego State 4, (6) UNLV 0
(4) TCU 4, (1) Brigham Young 2
Finals (Saturday)
(2) San Diego State vs. (4) TCU, 10 a.m. PT
 

Brett Wilhelm/NCAA Photos

Andre Feliz, a junior from San Gabriel, Calif., was the lone player in the match to earn victories for his team in both singles and doubles play.


Brett Wilhelm/NCAA Photos

Juan Gomez has been named 2010 MWC Men's Tennis Player of the Year.