SDSU Men's Tennis Travels North to Face No. 6 USC
Jan. 28, 2008
SAN DIEGO - The 50th-ranked San Diego State men's tennis team will look to build on its early-season momentum on Tuesday when it travels to Los Angeles to face No. 6 USC at Marks Tennis Stadium. First serve is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. The Aztecs (1-0) emerged victorious in their initial dual match of the 2008 season on Jan. 20, blanking UC Riverside, 7-0, in Indian Wells, Calif. Meanwhile, the Trojans (2-0) opened with home wins over No. 75 San Diego, 5-2, and UC Irvine, 6-1.
Prior to its clash with the Highlanders, SDSU completed a successful showing at the National Collegiate Classic, Jan. 18-20, which was also held at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Junior Bartosz Golas and sophomore Achim Ceban captured the main draw doubles championship in a field that featured tandems from 32nd-ranked Rice and No. 9 UCLA.
The Aztec twosome then took care of business against UCR with a victory at the No. 1 doubles spot, giving the Scarlet and Black an early advantage it would never relinquish. In singles competition, Golas again set the tone with a straight-set triumph at the top of the ladder. With his combined success at the NCTC and against the Highlanders, the Munich, Germany, native garnered the first Mountain West Conference player of the week award of the young season.
USC also boasts plenty of individual talent with sophomore Robert Farah earning a No. 9 ranking in the preseason singles poll released Jan. 8 by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. Fellow classmate Gary Sacks began the year in the 43rd spot, while the duo of Farah and senior Kaes Van't Hof ranks among the nation's elite, checking at No. 2 in the ITA doubles poll.
Despite the relative proximity between the two schools, the Aztecs and Trojans have played one another sparingly over the years with USC holding a 5-0 advantage in the series since 1989. Last season with then-senior Christian Groh nursing an injury, SDSU dropped a 7-0 decision to its Pac-10 foe. Despite a shuffled lineup, the Aztecs extended three singles matches to three sets, but were unable to generate any momentum after suffering a sweep in doubles play.
Following Tuesday's clash, San Diego State returns home to lock horns with No. 69 Fresno State on Sunday, Feb. 3, at Aztec Tennis Center. Match is time is scheduled for noon PT.