Feb. 15, 2002
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Tour de Top 10 Continues
The 40th-ranked San Diego State men's tennis team, fresh off a 4-3 victory over eighth-ranked SMU in the USTA/ITA National Team Indoor Championship, continues its tour of the nation's premiere tennis programs with a match at fifth-ranked UCLA (7-1) on Tuesday. The Aztecs, 3-3 on the season, play their seventh consecutive match against a ranked opponent and the fifth straight against a top-10 ranked team. The string will likely continue when the Aztecs play at Pepperdine on Feb. 22. The Waves are currently ranked ninth in the country.
Week In Review
The Aztecs recorded the school's first victory in six tries at the national team indoor championship with the upset win over SMU last Saturday. The Aztecs received a pair of critical three-set singles victories from Oliver Maiberger at No. 1 singles and Felix Hardt at No. 2 singles to rally for the win. The victory catapulted San Diego State in the ITA national rankings released on Wednesday. The Aztecs soared from 52nd to 40th in the poll. The 12-position jump was the third biggest move in the poll this week behind Florida State (56-to-37) and Kentucky (23-to-10).
Another Week, Another PoW
For the third consecutive week a San Diego State player received Mountain West Conference Men's Tennis Player of the Week. Junior Oliver Maiberger earned his second player of the week honor of the season and the ninth accolade of his career for the period ending Feb. 12. Maiberger recorded a pair of victories in singles and a doubles win - all against opponents on teams ranked in the top 10. In addition, the junior helped lead the Aztecs to a 4-3 victory over eighth-ranked SMU with a three-set victory over Krystain Pfeiffer, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4. Maiberger also recorded a singles win over fourth-ranked Tennessee's Adam Carey in straight sets and teamed with Ryan Redondo to beat the Volunteers' Mark Detrich and Jake Olsen, 8-4, at number one doubles. With nine league player of the week honors, Maiberger is now tied for the most Mountain West Conference weekly awards by any player in any sports.
Aztecs By The Numbers
San Diego State's Oliver Maiberger and Ryan Redondo, who claimed the ITA national indoor doubles title last fall, were rewarded with a number two preseason ranking in the ITA poll. The duo, which entered fall play ranked 46th, made the biggest jump in the rankings. Maiberger's solid singles play in the fall resulted in a boost in his individual rankings as well. The junior moved from 13th in the fall to 11th in the preseason spring rankings.