San Diego State Ousts San Diego In Opening Round Of 2015 NCAA Men's Tennis Championship
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – In a drama-filled match, which included a rain delay, the 40th-ranked San Diego State men’s tennis team edged the 21st-ranked San Diego Toreros 4-3 at Marks Tennis Stadium on Friday afternoon. SDSU will face the winner of the USC-Idaho match tomorrow at 3 p.m.
San Diego State was forced to rally in singles play after dropping the doubles point. On the first court, No. 52 Jordan Angus and Filip Vittek defeated 71st-ranked Freddy Gelbrich and Hendrik Jebens to give USD the advantage, 8-1. In the third spot, Alexandros Araouzos and Ciaran Fitzgerald topped Santiago Cevallos and Marko Goles-Babic, 8-4, to clinch the point for the Toreros, 8-4. The match on court No. 2 between San Diego’s Romain Kalaydjian and Uros Petronijevic and SDSU’s Thorsten Bertsch and Jonas Meinzer was suspended at 4-5, in favor of the Aztecs, as the point was decided.
In singles action, Milen Ianakiev put San Diego State on the board as the sophomore downed Geoffrey Fosso in the fifth spot, 6-0, 6-1. On court No. 2, Jebens gave the Aztecs their first lead of the day as he handily upset No. 72 Vittek, 6-4, 6-3. In the third position, Angus evened up the score for USD as he topped Goles-Babic, 6-3, 7-6 (8).
With the score knotted at 2-2, the match was halted due to rain and the two squads left the courts to wait out the weather. Just over an hour later, the two teams returned to action with momentum fully intact.
In the top spot, No. 56 Petronijevic took the lead back for San Diego as he got past 121st-ranked Gelbrich, 7-6 (5), 6-3. Once again, the score would be tied as Berstch battled Kalaydjian in the fourth position and walked away with the decision, 7-5, 1-6, 7-5.
The match would be decided on court No. 6 as Aztec freshman Cevallos clashed with Torero senior Ciaran Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald took the first set but Cevallos would not give in, taking the second set. With all eyes on the sixth and final court, Cevallos clinched the victory for San Diego State, 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (3).
San Diego State’s competition on Friday marked its first appearance in the tournament since 2005. The victory is the first for SDSU in the NCAA Championship since 2003 when the Aztecs defeated USD, 5-0, to advance to the second round.
San Diego State will face the winner of the USC-Idaho matchup tomorrow at 3 p.m. at Marks Tennis Stadium in Los Angeles. The Trojans, who claimed the national championship last season, defeated the Vandals, 4-0, in the first round of the tournament last year.