SDSU Men's Tennis Drops 4-3 Decision To Harvard

March 16, 2012

SAN DIEGO - The No. 51 San Diego State men's tennis team dropped a tough 4-3 decision against No. 24 Harvard in the Hilton San Diego Mission Valley Spring Classic on Friday afternoon at the Hogan Tennis Center on the campus of USD. With the loss, SDSU dropped to 9-4 on the year and Harvard improved to 12-1 this season.

Singles were played first in order to decide a winner, but the match was tied 3-3 at the conclusion of singles play. Harvard would score the first two points on the day, but SDSU rallied back. Thorsten Bertsch picked up the 6-4, 7-5 victory against Christo Schultz and then Hunter Nicholas earned a 6-2, 6-2 win against Alex Steinroeder. Harvard scored the next point to push SDSU to the brink of defeat, but No. 96 Javier Pulgar notched a hard-fought 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (3) win against Jonathan Pearlman to force the match into doubles play.

Harvard would strike first in doubles, but Thorsten Bertsch and Derek Siddiqui answered right back with a 9-8 (7) victory against Andy Nguyen and Denis Nguyen to bring the match to number three doubles. Rickey Baylon and Spencer Simon fought valiantly, but ultimately dropped a 9-8 (8) decision to Christo Schultz and Jonathan Pearlman to give Harvard the 4-3 victory.

The Aztecs wrap up the Hilton San Diego Mission Valley Spring Classic as they play for third place at 6 p.m. PT tonight against Oklahoma State at the Aztec Tennis Center.

No. 24 Harvard 4, No. 51 San Diego State 3
Friday, March 15, 2012
Hogan Tennis Center | San Diego, Calif.

SINGLES
1. No. 96 Javier Pulgar (SDSU) def. Jonathan Pearlman (Harvard), 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (3)
2. Denis Nguyen (Harvard) def. Derek Siddiqui (SDSU), 6-2, 6-2
3. Thorsten Bertsch (SDSU) def. Christo Schultz (Harvard), 6-4, 7-5
4. Shaun Chaudhuri (Harvard) def. Freddy Gelbrich (SDSU), 6-2, 6-0
5. Hunter Nicholas (SDSU) def. Alex Steinroeder (Harvard), 6-2, 6-2
6. Henry Steer (Harvard) def. Rickey Baylon (SDSU), 6-1, 6-4
Order of Finish: 4, 2, 3, 5, 6, 1

DOUBLES
1. Casey MacMaster / Alistair Felton (Harvard) def. Javier Pulgar / Hunter Nicholas (SDSU), 8-4
2. Thorsten Bertsch / Derek Siddiqui (SDSU) def. Andy Nguyen / Denis Nguyen (Harvard), 9-8 (7)
3. Christo Schultz / Jonathan Pearlman (Harvard) def. Rickey Baylon / Spencer Simon (SDSU), 9-8 (8)
Order of Finish: 1, 2, 3