Men's Tennis Looks to Clinch MW Title Outright at Nevada
April 19, 2013
SAN DIEGO - The No. 40 San Diego State Men's Tennis team looks to win the Mountain West Conference regular season championship outright at Nevada on Sunday, beginning at 1 p.m. PT.
SDSU (17-7, 5-0 MW) has already clinched a share of the regular season crown, and will be alone on top of the standings with either a win on Sunday, or a Boise State (16-9, 4-1) loss to Nevada on Friday. The Aztecs' last MW regular season championship was in 2007.
The Aztecs are currently riding a four-match winning streak, including consecutive victories over MW foes No. 61 New Mexico, 4-3, on Sunday, and against Air Force, 6-1, on April 12. SDSU has won four of its last five dual matches overall.
Junior Hunter Nicholas and freshman Marvin Tawasi have each won four-straight singles matches, while senior Derek Siddiqui has won two in a row. Nicholas is 7-2 in his last nine singles matches, including his first victory of the season in the No. 2 slot against Air Force. The junior from Park City, Utah, is 15-7 overall this dual season and 4-1 in MW play.
Tawasi is unbeaten in conference play this season (4-0), and has won seven of his last 10 singles matches overall. The freshman from Mosbach, Germany, is 9-7 overall this dual season, with eight of those wins coming in the No. 4 slot. He's also 7-3 in doubles play with junior partner Juan Florez, as the No. 3 duo is 2-0 in conference play.
Meanwhile, No. 112 Siddiqui is coming off consecutive singles victories over No. 86 Lance Wilhelm of Air Force and Conor Berg of New Mexico. The senior from Long Beach, Calif., is 13-10 this dual season and 3-5 against nationally-ranked opponents. He's also riding a five-match winning streak in doubles play.
Nevada is 9-10 overall and 1-3 in MW play heading into Friday's dual match at No. 44 Boise State. Freshman Andrew Poustie is 10-5 overall this dual season and 3-1 in conference play. He's won eight of his last 10 singles matches and is one of only two Nevada players to post a winning record in MW play thus far this season.