No. 74 Men's Tennis Edges No. 47 UC Irvine, 4-3

Feb. 3, 2012

SAN DIEGO - The No. 74 San Diego State men's tennis team rallied after losing the doubles point to edge No. 47 UC Irvine, 4-3, on Friday afternoon at Anteater Tennis Center. With the win, SDSU improved to 3-0 on the year and UCI dropped to 1-4 this season.

In doubles play, the freshmen duo of Rickey Baylon and Spencer Simon picked up the lone win for the Aztecs as they defeated Jacob Jung and Mika DeCoster by the score of 8-6.

Despite an early 0-1 deficit, SDSU battled with the Anteaters down the stretch in singles play. Juan Florez was the first to pick up a victory as he posted a 6-4, 6-0 win against Ryan Cheung at No. 3. Then after UCI wins at No. 1 and 4, Andranik Khachatryan and Jose Sierra Short each notched identical 6-3, 6-1 wins to move SDSU within a point of the victory.

Derek Siddiqui and Sam Gould would then go into a hard-fought battle to finish out the match. Siddiqui won the first set, 7-5, but Gould came back with a 6-3 second set victory. In the third set, the lead went back and forth before Gould tied it up at 6-6 to force a set tiebreaker. Siddiqui eventually closed it out as Gould's overhand volley went wide giving SDSU the decisive point on Siddiqui's 8-6 tiebreaker win.

Up next for the Aztecs is a trip to Los Angeles on Feb. 9 as they face off against No. 9 UCLA. The match is set for a 2 p.m. PT start at Los Angeles Tennis Center.

No. 74 San Diego State 4, No. 47 UC Irvine 3
Friday, Feb. 3, 2012
Anteater Tennis Stadium

DOUBLES
1. Ryan Cheung/Fabian Matthews (UCI) def. Javier Pulgar / Hunter Nicholas (SDSU), 8-2
2. Sam Gould/Jon Kazarian (UCI) def. Thorsten Bertsch / Derek Siddiqui (SDSU), 8-2
3. Rickey Baylon / Spencer Simon (SDSU) def. Mika DeCoster/Jacob Jung (UCI), 8-6
Order of finish: 1, 2, 3

SINGLES
1. Fabian Matthews (UCI) def. Javier Pulgar (SDSU), 6-2, 6-2
2. Derek Siddiqui (SDSU) def. Sam Gould (UCI), 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (8-6)
3. Juan Florez (SDSU) def. Ryan Cheung (UCI), 6-4, 6-0
4. Jacob Jung (UCI) def. Thorsten Bertsch (SDSU), 6-4, 6-2
5. Andranik Khachatryan (SDSU) def. Jon Kazarian (UCI), 6-3, 6-1
6. Jose Sierra Short (SDSU) def. Shuhei Shibahara (UCI), 6-3, 6-1
Order of finish: 3, 1, 4, 5, 6, 2