Men's Tennis Plays Host to Penn, No. 10 Duke This Week
March 11, 2014
SAN DIEGO - The San Diego State men's tennis team concludes its four-match homestand this week, as the Aztecs play host to Pennsylvania on Wednesday beginning at 2 p.m. PT, before taking on No. 10 Duke on Thursday at 2 p.m. PT. Both matches will be held at Aztec Tennis Center and admission is free.
SDSU (6-5, 3-0 MW) is looking to bounce back from a narrow loss to Rice, 4-3, on March 6, in which the two teams split six singles matches after the Owls earned the deciding doubles point.
Sophomore Freddy Gelbrich (Isernhagen, Germany) picked up two wins against Rice on Thursday, teaming up with freshman Hendrik Jebens (Stuttgart, Germany) to top the Owls duo of Tommy Bennett and David Warren, 8-6, in No. 2 doubles action, before defeating Max Andrews in No. 4 singles, 6-0, 6-3. Gelbrich and Jebens are currently riding a six-match unbeaten streak in doubles play, while Gelbrich earned his first win in the No. 4 singles slot this season after going 5-5 in the No. 3 spot.
Senior Hunter Nicholas (Park City, Utah) got back to his winning ways in No. 2 singles action with a come-from-behind, three-set victory over the Owls' Srikar Alla, 4-6, 7-6 (3), 7-6 (5). Nicholas' previous two singles matches went unfinished, as the dual matches were decided while he was still playing a third set.
Freshman Milen Ianakiev (Elz, Germany) earned a straight-set victory over Rice's David Warren, 6-4, 7-5, in No. 5 singles play, as he's now won two of his last three singles matches and is 2-0 in the No. 5 slot.
Penn is 2-5 overall this season heading into Tuesday road match at UC Santa Barbara. The Quakers are coming off a home victory over Temple, 7-0, to snap a two-match losing skid.
Duke is 8-3 this dual season and has won four-consecutive matches after knocking off North Carolina State, 7-0, on the road on Sunday. The Blue Devils have four ranked singles players, led by No. 31 Michael Redlicki, No. 40 Jason Tahir, No. 58 Fred Saba and No. 92 Bruno Semenzato. In addition, Duke's doubles team of Redlicki and Tahir is ranked 28th in the nation.