April 5, 2008
Albuquerque, N.M. - The University of Utah men's tennis team played No. 48 San Diego State for a 5-2 upset on the road. The Aztecs were on an 18-match Mounatin West Conference winning streak when the Utes shut them down on Saturday. With this win, Utah earned their first conference win of the season and tied up their regular season record 9-9.
Utah clinched the doubles point on Saturday against the Aztecs winning two of the three matches. Zach Ganger and Miron Mann stepped in at the No. 1 spot to face Bartoza Golas and Juan Gomez from San Diego State. The Ute duo played a near-effortless match, dominating Golas and Gomez 8-1. At the No. 2 spot, Timmy Allin and Wes Hancock faced Achim Ceban and Tim Schulz van Endert from the Aztecs squad for a hard fought battle to clinch the win. The Ute duo fought hard to overpower the Aztec duo 9-7. This was the first time in six matches that San Diego State failed to earn the doubles point over their opponents.
With the 1-0 advantage, the Utes put everything they had into upsetting the Aztecs. Ganger took on Golas at the top spot for a 7-6(6), 6-2 straight set win over the Aztec to give Utah a 2-0 lead. At the No. 3 spot, Mann stepped in to battle Juan Gomez from San Diego State's squad. The Ute was forced into a three-set battle, but prevailed with a 3-6, 7-6(2), 6-1 win over Gomez.
At the No. 4 spot, Hancock battled Achim Ceban from San Diego State. The Ute was unable to finish out on top in the first set, but recovered for a 6-7(4), 7-5, 6-4 win over Ceban. Stepping in at the No. 5 spot, Utah's Allin and San Diego State's Andre Feliz faced off for a three-set win. The Ute fell in the first set to the Aztec 6-4. The loss fueled the fire in Allin, causing him to step up his game to knock off two more sets at 6-4 each.
Utah 5, #48 San Diego State 2 Singles 1) Zach Ganger (Utah) def. Bartoza Golas (SDSU), 7-6(6), 6-2 2) Matan Shitrit (SDSU) def. Othman Zerouali-Ouariti (Utah), 6-2, 6-1 3) Miron Mann (Utah) def. Juan Gomez (SDSU), 3-6, 7-6(2), 6-1 4) Wes Hancock (Utah) def. Achim Ceban (SDSU), 6-7(4), 7-5, 6-4 5) Timmy Allin (Utah) def. Andre Feliz (SDSU), 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 6) Tim Schulz van Endert (SDSU) def. John Taylor (Utah), 6-2, 6-3
Doubles 1) Ganger/Mann (Utah) def. Golas/Gomez (SDSU), 8-1 2) Allin/Hancock (Utah) def. Ceban/Schulz Van Endert (SDSU), 9-7 3) Shirtrit/Feliz (SDSU) def. Zerouali-Ouariti/Taylor (Utah) 8-5