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No. 50 M. Tennis Set for ITA Kick-Off Weekend

The Aztecs head to Durham, N.C., this weekend for the ITA Kick-Off Weekend.
The Aztecs head to Durham, N.C., this weekend for the ITA Kick-Off Weekend.

Jan. 23, 2014

SAN DIEGO - The No. 50 San Diego State men's tennis team hits the road to Durham, N.C., for two matches this weekend in the 2014 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Kick-Off Weekend. The Aztecs take on No. 42 North Carolina on Saturday, beginning at 1:30 p.m. ET, before facing either No. 17 Duke or No. 54 Oregon on Sunday.

SDSU is the No. 2 seed in the Duke Regional, while Duke is the No. 1 seed, North Carolina is No. 3 and Oregon is No. 4. It's the second-consecutive season the Aztecs are participating in the ITA Kick-Off Weekend, and live stats will be available for all matches here.

In addition, this year's ITA Kick-Off Weekend will be the first national tournament to use the new, experimental formats decided upon by the ITA Division Operating Committee. Men's teams will play sets in all matches to six games, but with tiebreakers at 5-all and no-ad scoring. However, all third sets for singles will be played out unless the team match is decided.

Saturday will be San Diego State's first dual match away from home this season, after the Aztecs (2-0, 1-0 MW) began dual play with victories over Nevada, 4-3, and UC Riverside, 5-2, at Aztec Tennis Center last weekend.

Junior Thorsten Bertsch (Mannheim, Germany) is currently ranked No. 69 in the nation, and is also No. 12 in the Southwest Region. In addition, senior Juan Florez (Bogota, Colombia) is ranked 19th in the Southwest Region, while the doubles team of Bertsch and senior Hunter Nicholas (Park City, Utah) is ranked No. 3 in the region.

Bertsch is already 2-0 in singles play this dual season, while he and Nicholas are also 2-0 in doubles action.

North Carolina is 2-0 this dual season after defeating both East Carolina and Wofford, 7-0, in a doubleheader on Jan. 17, and then topping VCU, 5-2, and Howard, 7-0, in a doubleheader on Monday. Ronnie Schneider is ranked 17th in the nation, while Brett Clark is No. 36. In addition, the Tar Heels' doubles team of Clark and Esben Hess-Olesen is No. 29, while the duo of Oystein Steiro and Nelson Vick is No. 50.

Duke is 1-2 this season after losing at home to both Elon and Kentucky, 4-3, before defeating North Carolina Central, 7-0, on Jan. 19. Michael Redlicki is ranked No. 29, Jason Tahir is No. 52, Josh Levine is No. 77 and Bruno Semenzato is No. 95.

Oregon is off to a 3-0 start to the dual season after beating both Portland State and Eastern Washington, 7-0, in a doubleheader on Jan. 17, and topping UC Santa Barbara, 6-1, on Monday.