Aztecs put the brakes on six-match losing streak
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April 18, 2021 (San Diego) - San Diego State snapped a six-match losing streak on Sunday with a 4-0 whitewash of visiting Nevada in a Mountain West clash at Aztec Tennis Center.
SDSU picked up its first victory against a conference opponent this season, raising its record to 4-12 overall and 1-5 in the MW, while the Wolf Pack dropped its sixth in a row, falling to 5-11 on the year and 1-5 in league play.
The Aztecs came out firing on all cylinders in doubles competition, posting two straight victories to capture the early point. Judson Blair and Ignacio Martinez cruised past Satchel Benn and Loris Zisswiller by a 6-1 count at the No. 2 position, while Johannes Seeman and Victor Castro rediscovered their winning touch with a 6-4 triumph over Juan Batalla and Isaac Nortey at the top of the rotation.
SDSU was prevented a clean sweep in the round, however, when the tandem of Daniel Dudockin and Delmas N’Tcha upended Rafael Gonzalez Almazan and Aaro Pollanen in the third spot 6-3.
Unlike previous matches against Washington, Utah State and Air Force when the Aztecs won the doubles point and fell short in singles, SDSU maintained the momentum against Nevada for the entire afternoon.
Pollanen set the tone on Sunday in singles for the Scarlet and Black, overcoming nagging injuries all spring to finally record his first victory, a 6-2, 6-2 conquest of Benn in the No. 4 position.
Martinez soon followed with a straight-set decision over Dudockin at No. 3, prevailing in a tiebreaker 7-6(3) before pulling away in the second set 6-3.
Shortly thereafter, Gonzalez Almazan provided the clinching point with a three-set triumph over Batalla in the fifth slot 6-2, 3-6, 6-1.
With the Aztecs’ team victory on ice, three remaining matches were suspended. Blair found himself trailing 4-2 in the third set vs. Zisswiller at No. 6 after splitting the first two 4-6, 6-2.
In addition, Castro was deadlocked a 5-5 in the second set in his encounter with Nortey in the second position after outlasting his Wolf Pack adversary in the first, 7-5.
Meanwhile, Seeman was trying to rally from a 6-5 deficit in the second set of his match on the No. 1 court vs. N’Tcha after falling short in the first 6-4.
San Diego State will have little time to bask in its victory, however, as Santa Clara visits Aztec Tennis Center on Monday for a non-conference match, starting at 2 p.m.