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No. 69 Men's Tennis Plays Host to Rice on Thursday

Sophomore Freddy Gelbrich and the Aztecs play host to Rice on Thursday.
Sophomore Freddy Gelbrich and the Aztecs play host to Rice on Thursday.

March 4, 2014

SAN DIEGO - The No. 69 San Diego State men's tennis team returns to action on Thursday, March 6, as it plays host to Rice beginning at 2 p.m. PT at Aztec Tennis Center. Admission to the match is free.

SDSU (6-4, 3-0 MW) is coming off a tough loss to No. 15 Oklahoma State on Feb. 27, as the Aztecs had three singles matches go unfinished in the third set during a 4-0 loss to the Cowboys. With home matches against Penn and Duke set to follow, and the San Diego Invitational at home March 20-22, the Aztecs will go over a month without playing a dual match on the road until playing at USC on March 25.

Despite falling to the Cowboys last week, the Aztecs played several tight matches against one of the top teams in the country. San Diego State's No. 2 doubles team of sophomore Freddy Gelbrich (Isernhagen, Germany) and freshman Hendrik Jebens (Stuttgart, Germany) led OSU's unit of Lucas Gerch and Matt Campbell, 6-5, but were unable to finish once Oklahoma State clinched the doubles point.

In addition, junior Thorsten Bertsch (Mannheim, Germany), senior Hunter Nicholas (Park City, Utah) and Jebens each were unable to finish their singles matches against the Cowboys, as all three were in third-set action when OSU earned three singles points to seal the dual-match victory. Bertsch led No. 64 Jakob Sude, 6-3, 2-6, 3-1, in No. 1 singles, Nicholas was a in a battle with Arjun Kadhe, 7-5, 3-6, 1-2, in the No. 2 slot, and Jebens was in a close one in No. 4 singles with Brady Bohrnstedt, 7-6 (4), 0-6, 0-1.

Rice enters Tuesday's dual match at San Diego with a 2-8 record, and is coming off a home loss to St. John's, 4-3, on Monday. Sophomore Tommy Bennett is ranked 117th in the nation with a 5-4 record this dual season, including 3-2 in the No. 2 singles slot and 1-2 against nationally-ranked opponents. SDSU has lost four-consecutive dual matches to Rice, the last of which came in 2011 when the Owls defeated the Aztecs, 5-2, at Aztec Tennis Center.