SAN DIEGO — In its first match of the road swing, the Saint Mary’s men’s tennis team battled but fell in a tough decision to San Diego State, 6-1.
The Gaels (3-4) fell in the 1-0 deficit after the Aztecs claimed the doubles point with wins on courts 1 and 3. Nash Vollenweider and Damon Kesaris displayed a tough presence in the top doubles action, forcing big time points and exciting rallies.
First year player Kesaris claimed an impressive and strong win in the No. 2 spot.
“Damon played really well today,” said Saint Mary’s head coach Greg Kennett. “It was a great win for him today. Overall, we are improving each and every day. We need to be able to finish stronger at the end of sets.”
Kesaris was deadlocked in a marathon three-setter, but the newcomer kept his composure and won the third set, 10-8.
Manuel De Luis Lamelas was again in a tough, physical match, as the senior fell by a narrow 7-5, 7-6 (2) decision.
The Gaels will remain in San Diego, as the team will play its conference opener versus a tough San Diego Torero squad (4-2). The Gaels will take on the Toreros tomorrow at 2 p.m. PST.
San Diego State 6, Saint Mary’s 1
1. Marko Goles-Babic/Sander Gjoels-Andersen (SDSU) def. Nash Vollenweider/Damon Kesaris (SMC), 6-3
2. Santiago Cevallos/Milen Ianakiev (SDSU) vs. Calvin Jordaan/Brian Lee (SMC), 4-4 DNF
3. Rafael Gonzalez Almazan/Joel Popov (SDSU) def. Matis Bot/Manuel De Luis Lamelas (SMC), 6-1
Order of finish: 1, 3
1. Milen Ianakiev (SDSU) def. Nash Vollenweider (SMC), 6-3, 6-4
2. Damon Kesaris (SMC) def. Marko Goles-Babic (SDSU), 6-2, 4-6, 10-8
3. Sander Gjoels-Andersen (SDSU) def. Calvin Jordaan (SMC), 6-1, 6-3
4. Santiago Cevallos (SDSU) def. Manuel De Luis Lamelas (SMC), 7-5, 7-6 (2)
5. Joel Popov (SDSU) def. Matis Bot (SMC), 6-4, 6-0
6. Rafael Gonzalez Almazan (SDSU) def. Brian Lee (SMC), 6-4, 6-4
Order of finish: 3, 5, 1*, 6, 2, 4
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