SDSU Travels to Alabama for the Annual Blue/Gray Invitational

March 8, 2005


SDSU Men's Tennis Weekly Release
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SDSU Travels to Alabama for the Annual Blue/Gray Invitational
* San Diego State heads to the south for the annual Blue/Gray Invitational in Montogomery, Ala., March 10-13.

The Aztecs are coming off a weekend in which they split two matches. On March 6, SDSU lost a closely-knit battle with No. 21 Washington, 4-3. The next day, the Aztecs defeated Yale, 5-2. Both contests took place at Fairbanks Ranch Country Club. After going 1-1, SDSU's record now stands at 4-3.

After the Blue/Gray Invitational, the Aztecs will return home to host Virginia Commonwealth on March 19 before traveling to Santa Barbara for matches against Harvard and UC Santa Barbara.

Weekly Wrap Up
* The men's tennis team went 1-1 during the past week losing to 21st-ranked Washington and beating unranked Yale.

The match versus Washington marked SDSU's first dual match since Feb. 13, but showed no signs of rust, pushing the Huskies to the limit.

In doubles action, the SDSU pair of Dontia Haynes and Eugenio Romero lost at number three, 8-4. But at number one, Armando Carrascosa and Benedikt Stronk evened the score by defeating the Huskies' Daniel Chu-Alex Vlaksi, 8-6. Unfortunately, Daniel Jung and Markus Dickhardt lost a close 8-6 decision at number two to give Washington the doubles point.

Singles play was close throughout as many of the matches went to tiebreakers.

After falling behind 2-0 as a result of losing at number six, SDSU got on the board with a Daniel Jung win at number five. The senior from Germany won in straight sets over Andy Kuharszky, 6-4, 6-2.

Soon thereafter, last year's Mountain West Conference freshman of the year Markus Dickhardt tied the match at 2 with his narrow win over No. 37 Christoph Palmanshofer, 7-6(4), 7-6(3).

SDSU continued its outstanding play with its win at number one. Stronk, who suffered from muscle cramps all match long, defeated 32nd-ranked Alex Vlaski, 7-6(5), 7-6(9). The victory gave the Aztecs a 3-2 lead going into the final two matches.

At number four, Haynes battled with Chu before losing in three sets.

The match that would decide the outcome came down to Carrascosa and No. 25 Alex Slovic, at number two.

Carrascosa won the first set, 7-6, but Slovic evened the match at 1-1 with a 7-6 victory of his own. But in the third set, Carrascosa caught a few bad breaks and fell, 6-0, to give Washington the win.

The next day, SDSU beat Yale to move its record above the .500 mark at 4-3.

San Diego State started the afternoon by taking two of the three doubles matches to earn the doubles point.

Carrascosa and Stronk won their second consecutive doubles match at number one by defeating the Yale tandem of Brandon Wai and Ryan Murphy, 8-3. At number three, Haynes and Eugenio Romero recorded an 8-5 victory over Johnny Lu and Milosz Gudzowski to help the Aztecs go up 1-0 in the match.

SDSU kept the pressure on Yale by winning four of the six singles matches to clinch the win for the Aztecs.

At number two Carrascosa defeated Ryan Murphy with ease, 6-1, 6-2. Following Carrascosa and coming off an impressive win against 37th-ranked Christoph Palmanshofer of Washington, Dickhardt continued his stellar play and beat Gudzowski at number three in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4.

At numbers four and five, seniors Haynes and Daniel Jung posted straight set victories. Haynes downed Rowen Reynolds, 7-6(2), 6-0, while Jung recorded his third straight win in a 6-1, 6-2 sweep of Rory Green.

Last Time at the Blue/Gray
* When the Aztecs hit the court in Montgomery, Ala., it will mark only the second time SDSU has participated in the Blue/Gray Invitational.

The last time was in 2002 when the Aztecs went 2-1. SDSU defeated No. 25 Virginia Commonwealth, 4-3, and 31st-ranked South Alabama, 4-0, before falling to eighth-ranked Illinois, 4-2.

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