No. 64 M. Tennis Plays Host to No. 18 OSU on Thursday
Feb. 25, 2014
SAN DIEGO - The No. 64 San Diego State men's tennis team will have its first home match in over a month on Thursday afternoon when it plays host to No. 18 Oklahoma State, beginning at 2 p.m. PT at Aztec Tennis Center. Admission to the match is free.
The Aztecs (6-3, 3-0 MW) are coming off a victory at Pacific, 4-2, on Saturday, as they split two matches in Northern California last week. SDSU has won four of its last five dual matches overall, and has won 12-consecutive Mountain West regular-season matches going back to the 2012 dual season.
Junior Thorsten Bertsch (Mannheim, Germany) earned a victory over a ranked opponent in No. 1 singles play on Saturday, defeating 95th-ranked Sem Verbeek of Pacific, 6-3, 7-5. The junior is now 3-3 this dual season against ranked opponents and 4-4 overall, all in the No. 1 singles slot.
Freshman Hendrik Jebens (Stuttgart, Germany) split his two singles matches last week, earning a three-set victory over Pacific's Miguel Diaz, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, on Saturday. Jebens, who was named MW Player of the Week on Jan. 19, has won four of his last five singles matches, and is 5-3 in the No. 4 spot this season.
Fellow freshman Maxi Boewer-Stelter (Berlin, Germany) was the only Aztec to win both of his singles matches last week, defeating Santa Clara's Jesse Ross, 6-4, 6-4, on Thursday, and knocking off Pacific's Ben Mirkin, 6-4, 7-6 (1) on Saturday. After joining the team late this dual season, Boewer-Stelter has won three-straight singles matches and is 3-1 this season, all in the No. 5 slot.
Oklahoma State began this season 10-0 before suffering its first loss of the season on Sunday, falling on the road to Tulsa, 4-3. Junior Jakob Sude is ranked No. 64 in the nation and lost his only singles match this dual season on Sunday to Tulsa's 97th-ranked Japie De Klerk, 6-4, 3-6. San Diego State has won three-consecutive meetings against the Cowboys, including a 4-1 victory last season at Aztec Tennis Center.
Also this weekend, the Aztecs will compete in the 125th Annual Pacific Coast Men's Doubles Championship at the La Jolla Beach and Tennis club in La Jolla, Calif. The tournament is the second-oldest tennis event in the country, and features many of the best NCAA men's teams in the country as well as a strong field of independent players. The event begins on Thursday, Feb. 27, and concludes on March 2 with semifinals at 9 a.m. and the championship round at 1:30 p.m.