Dickhardt Named MWC Men's Tennis Player of the Week

Jan. 24, 2007

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - San Diego State's Markus Dickhardt has been named Mountain West Conference men's tennis player of the week, the league announced Wednesday. The Aztec senior captured the conference's first weekly award of the 2007 season and third of his career.

Dickhardt, a three-year letterwinner, helped No. 49 SDSU defeat UC Riverside and Concordia by identical 5-2 scores in a season-opening doubleheader on Jan. 20 at Aztec Tennis Center. The Marburg, Germany, native completed his day with a perfect 4-0 record after going 2-0 in both singles and doubles.

In singles action, the West Region's 11th-ranked player started his season off right with a pair of straight-set victories. In the morning match against UC Riverside, Dickhardt defeated Bobby Tam, 6-2, 6-2, and then followed that with a victory over Daniel Ndlela of Concordia, 6-2, 6-3. Both decisions came at No. 2 and ran his dual-match winning streak to three straight dating back to last season.

In doubles play, Dickhardt teamed with Christian Groh to help SDSU sweep all six matches on the day. The nation's ninth-ranked duo and top tandem in the West Region downed UCR's Jon Calienes and Mark Contreras, 8-6, at first doubles and then cruised to an 8-3 victory over Tim Kpulun and Ndlela of Concordia at the top of the order. With both wins, the pair extended their winning streak to four dating back to the 2006 campaign.

The Aztecs look to stay undefeated when they travel to 43rd-ranked Southern California for a Friday, Jan. 26, afternoon match at Marks Tennis Stadium. Match time is set for 12:30 p.m. PST.

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