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Aztec senior falls in round of 32 match on Sunday


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September 30, 2018 (Tulsa) - San Diego State men’s tennis player Sander Gjoels-Andersen (Klampenborg, Denmark) had his spirited run halted Sunday in the pre-qualifying bracket of the 2018 Saint Francis Health System ITA All-American Championships after splitting two matches at Michael D. Case Tennis Center.

The Aztec senior, who opened with two victories on Saturday, kept the momentum rolling in the round of 64 with a 6-1, 6-4 conquest of Old Dominion’s Jannik Giesse, but could not stave off elimination against Notre Dame’s William Howells, who claimed a 6-4, 6-4 decision in the round of 32.

SDSU also had two players compete in the pre-qualifying singles consolation bracket on Sunday, with sophomore Jan Kirchhoff (Berlin, Germany) posting a 6-3, 6-3 triumph over Brandon Freestone of Georgia Tech. However, junior Arnaud Restifo (Nice, France) experienced the opposite fate, falling just short in a hotly contested super-tiebreaker to Simon Junk of Ole Miss, 2-6, 7-6(4), 10-7.

Gjoels-Andersen will be back in action on Monday when he joins forces with sophomore Ignacio Martinez (Weston, Fla.) in the qualifying doubles bracket. The Aztec tandem will face the Florida duo of Andy Andrade and Oliver Crawford in their round of 64 match, beginning at 2:30 p.m. CT/12:30 p.m. PT.

San Diego State returns to The Mesa next weekend to host the Aztec Fall Invitational Oct. 5-7 at Aztec Tennis Center.

Saint Francis Health System ITA All-American Championships

Tulsa, Okla.

SDSU Results Only

Pre-Qualifying Singles—Round of 64

Sander Gjoels-Andersen (SDSU) def. Jannik Giesse (ODU), 6-1, 6-4

Pre-Qualifying Singles—Round of 32

William Howells (UND) def. Sander Gjoels-Andersen (SDSU), 6-4, 6-4

Pre-Qualifying Singles—Consolation Matches

Jan Kirchhoff (SDSU) def. Brandon Freestone (GT), 6-3, 6-3

Simon Junk (Ole Miss) def. Arnaud Restifo (SDSU), 2-6, 7-6(4), 10-7

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