Aztec sophomore wins five straight this weekend to take home bracket crown
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October 21, 2018 (Malibu) - San Diego State men’s tennis player Jan Kirchhoff (Berlin, Germany) captured the singles title in the consolation bracket of the ITA Southwest Regional Championships on Sunday after logging two additional victories at Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center on the campus of Pepperdine University.
In his semifinal encounter, the Aztec sophomore recorded a 6-1, 7-5 conquest of UC Irvine’s Sasha Krasnov, who had previously defeated SDSU teammates Nicholas Mitchell and Rafael Gonzalez Almazan earlier in the bracket.
With his win, Kirchhoff punched his ticket to the finals, where he squared off against Arizona State’s Tom Wright, who rallied to defeat Cal Poly’s Alexander Stater in a super-tiebreaker, 4-6, 6-1, 10-2, in the other semifinal matchup.
After claiming the first set against Wright in nail-biting fashion, 7-5, Kirchhoff wasted little time against his Sun Devil adversary in the second, emerging triumphant by a 6-2 count to take home the crown.
With the decision, Kirchhoff won his fifth straight and improved to 8-4 on the year.
San Diego State returns to the courts in two weeks to wrap up its fall tournament schedule, traveling to the Central Valley for the Bulldog Classic, Nov. 2-4, in Fresno, Calif.
ITA Southwest Regional Championships
Oct. 21, 2018
Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center
SDSU Results Only
Singles – Consolation Semifinals
Jan Kirchhoff (SDSU) def. Sasha Krasnov (UCI), 6-1, 7-5
Singles – Consolation Championship
Jan Kirchhoff (SDSU) def. Tom Wright (ASU), 7-5, 6-2