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Aztec drop three title matches on Sunday at Larry Easley Memorial Classic


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September 19, 2021 (Las Vegas) - Select players from the San Diego State men’s tennis team wrapped up their first fall tournament at the Larry Easley Memorial Classic on Sunday, falling short in three title matches on the courts of UNLV’s Fertitta Tennis Complex.

In the doubles final, the Aztecs’ fourth-seeded tandem of Victor Castro and Alexander Mändma dropped a hard-fought decision to Gonzaga’s No. 3 seeded duo of Matt Hollingworth and Sasha Trkulja, 8-6, ending their strong weekend run on a sour note.

Castro also experienced the same fate in the Flight 1 consolation singles final against Cal Poly’s Gary Vardanyan, who outlasted the SDSU junior by a count of 6-2, 7-6(4).

Rounding out the SDSU contingent was Judson Blair, who was edged by Arizona State’s Mortiz Hoffman in a super-tiebreaker for the Flight 2 consolation singles crown, 6-4, 4-6, 10-7. However, the Aztec sophomore rebounded in an added singles match with a 7-5, 6-2 victory over Grand Canyon’s Loic Van Zeggelar. 

San Diego State continues its fall schedule next weekend when travels up the freeway to compete in the North Ranch Invitational Sept. 24-26 in Westlake Village, Calif.


2021 Larry Easley Memorial Classic

Day Three Results (SDSU only)

Fertitta Tennis Complex, Las Vegas, Nev.


Flight One Singles – Consolation Final

Gary Vardanyan (Cal Poly) def. Victor Castro (SDSU), 6-2, 7-6(4)


Flight Two Singles – Consolation Final

Mortiz Hoffmann (ASU) def. Judson Blair (SDSU), 6-4, 4-6, 10-7


Extra Singles Match

Judson Blair (SDSU) def. Loic Van Zeggelar (Grand Canyon), 7-5, 6-2


Doubles Final

(3) Matt Hollingworth/Sasha Trkulja (Gonzaga) def. (4) Alexander Mändma/Victor Castro (SDSU), 8-6

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