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No. 53 M. Tennis Travels to Las Vegas for Two Matches

Sophomore Freddy Gelbrich and the Aztecs head to Las Vegas for two matches this weekend.
Sophomore Freddy Gelbrich and the Aztecs head to Las Vegas for two matches this weekend.

Feb. 12, 2014

SAN DIEGO - The No. 53 San Diego State men's tennis team travels to Las Vegas, Nev., for two matches this weekend, as the Aztecs take on No. 66 BYU on Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. PT, and UNLV on Sunday at 11 a.m. PT.

SDSU (3-2, 2-0 MW) has won 11-straight Mountain West regular season matches heading into Sunday's showdown at UNLV. The Aztecs have already defeated Nevada and Fresno State in conference play this season, each by scores of 4-3.

Sophomore Freddy Gelbrich (Isernhagen, Germany) entered the singles rankings for the first time in his career this week at No. 124. Gelbrich is 4-1 this dual season, all in the No. 3 slot, and has won two of his last three singles matches after knocking off Fresno State's Eric Komati, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3, in the Aztecs' 4-3 victory on Sunday. In addition, the sophomore defeated No. 36 Brett Clark of North Carolina on Jan. 25.

Meanwhile, Thorsten Bertsch (Mannheim, Germany) is 3-1 this dual season, all in the No. 1 slot, and is 2-2 against nationally ranked opponents. Bertsch topped Fresno State's Sam MacNeil, 6-1, 7-6, during SDSU's win over the Bulldogs on Sunday.

BYU (4-5) has had an up-and-down start to the 2014 dual season. The Cougars began dual play winning their first four matches, but have since lost five straight after falling to No. 45 Boise State, 4-3, on Saturday. Junior Francis Sargeant is currently ranked No. 91 in the nation and is 7-1 in dual play, all in the No. 1 slot.

The Aztecs last played the Cougars in 2011, with BYU winning both matches that season. SDSU's last victory over BYU came in the 2009 MW Tournament.

San Diego State topped UNLV, 4-3, on the road last season, and has won three of its last four meetings with the Rebels overall. UNLV (4-0) hasn't played since Jan. 2, when it defeated UC Riverside at home, 4-0. Junior Ace Matias is 3-0 this season, all in the No. 1 singles slot.