May 10, 2003
SAN DIEGO - The 42nd-ranked USD men's tennis team dropped a 5-0 decision to 29th-ranked and host San Diego State today in 1st round action of the 2003 NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Championships at the SDSU Courts on Saturday afternoon.
The SDSU Aztecs avenged an earlier loss to the Toreros, by winning the doubles point and all 10 singles sets contested prior to the completion of the match. This marks the second straight season San Diego State, which will face 12th-ranked Washington at the SDSU Courts at noon on Sunday, has advanced to the round of 32. The Toreros close out their fine season with an overall record of 13-10; that is USD's 7th straight winning season under head coach Tom Hagedorn.
San Diego State posted a pair of 8-4 victories at number one and three doubles to take a 1-0 lead. At three, Felix Hardt and Gabe Coren were victorious over USD's Mirza Koristovic and Ben Regin, while second-ranked Maiberger and Ryan Redondo sealed the point with a win at number one over 46th-ranked Jason Pongsrikul & Nic Beuque. USD No. 1 singles player Pierrick Ysern was unable to play singles due to a knee injury. The Toreros had to move everyone up a slot in singles play.
The Aztecs went on top 2-0 with Coren defeating USD's Michael Meschede, 6-2, 6-0, at number six singles. That was quickly followed by Aztec wins at number four by Daniel Jung over Koristovic, number three by Hardt over Beuque, and number one by Maiberger over Pongsrikul. Although Hardt clinched the win for SDSU, Maiberger's match concluded before it could be stopped, providing the final 5-0 margin.
San Diego State won its season high sixth straight match and now has won 11 of its last 12. The Aztecs are 16-9 overall, while San Diego ends the 2003 campaign with a 13-10 record.