M. Tennis Takes on Crosstown Foe USD on Wednesday

Junior Thorsten Bertsch and the Aztecs take on No. 55 USD on Wednesday.

April 7, 2014

SAN DIEGO - The San Diego State men's tennis team heads west on Interstate 8 for a showdown against crosstown foe No. 55 San Diego on Wednesday, April 9, beginning at 3 p.m. PT at the Skip and Cindy Hogan Tennis Center.

The Aztecs (9-9, 3-0 MW) have won five of the last seven meetings between the two schools, including five-straight victories from 2007-11 before USD won the last two. In addition, the Aztecs are 2-1 this season against opponents from the West Coast Conference, already defeating both BYU and Pacific.

San Diego State is coming off a home victory over UC Santa Barbara, 4-3, on Saturday afternoon at Aztec Tennis Center. Prior to Saturday's match, SDSU played five-consecutive dual matches against ranked opponents, culminating with a matchup against No. 1-ranked USC on March 25.

Junior Thorsten Bertsch (Mannheim, Germany) clinched Saturday's dual-match victory by winning his No. 1 singles match over Tobias Galskov, 6-3, 6-2, for the Aztecs' fourth point. Senior Hunter Nicholas (Park City, Utah) earned a decision over Ziad Sultan, 6-3, 7-6, in No. 2 singles, while sophomore Freddy Gelbrich (Isernhagen, Germany) topped Alexander Gryaznov in the No. 3 slot, 6-4, 6-2, and senior Juan Florez defeated Miles Seeman, 6-1, 6-2, on the No. 6 court.

Although the Aztecs weren't able to win the doubles point, SDSU's No. 2 team of Gelbrich and freshman Hendrik Jebens (Stuttgart, Germany) knocked off Seeman and Erik Johnson, 8-6. The duo has won two of its last three matches, and has lost only once in San Diego State's last 13 dual matches.

San Diego enters Wednesday's match with a 10-7 overall record and a perfect 5-0 mark in WCC play. The Toreros are coming off an unbeaten two-match road trip through Northern California, defeating Santa Clara, 4-0, on Friday, before topping San Francisco, 6-1, on Saturday. Senior Clarke Spinosa is currently ranked No. 49 in singles play, while USD's doubles team of Spinosa and freshman Filip Vittek is ranked No. 46.

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