Kirchhoff, Gonzalez Almazan advance to consolation round of 16 on Saturday
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October 19, 2018 (Malibu) - The San Diego State men's tennis team recorded two victories on Friday in the consolation singles bracket of the ITA Southwest Regional Championships at Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center on the campus of Pepperdine University.
Sophomore Jan Kirchhoff encountered minimal resistance in a 6-1, 6-0 conquest of Pepperdine’s Felipe Galvao, while junior Rafael Gonzalez Almazan emerged triumphant in straight sets as well after dispatching Loyola Marymount’s Ryan Brown by a 6-3, 6-4 count.
However, the Scarlet and Black fell short in its remaining four matches, including senior Raul de la Torre, who was dealt a 6-4, 6-0 defeat at the hands of Cal Poly’s Daly Meinert, while junior Arnaud Restifo was upended by Arizona State’s Tom Wright, 6-1, 6-3. In addition, fellow classmate Nicholas Mitchell experienced a similar fate against UC Irvine’s Sasha Krasnov, falling by a 6-3, 6-2 tally.
Rounding out the Aztec contingent was sophomore Ignacio Martinez, who retired after dropping the opening set to Grand Canyon’s Frederick Grant, 6-4.
Consolation play continues for San Diego State with the round of 16 on Saturday, as Kirchhoff squares off against UC Irvine’s Antoine Barthe, who was a 6-3, 6-3 victor over Scotland Garapedian of Pepperdine, while Gonzalez Almazan will look to turn the tables against the aforementioned Anteater adversary Krasnov. Both matches will start no earlier than 10 a.m. PT.
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ITA Southwest Regional Championships
Oct. 19, 2018
Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center
SDSU Results Only
Singles – Consolation Round of 32
Jan Kirchhoff (SDSU) def. Felipe Galvao (PEP), 6-1, 6-0
Rafael Gonzalez Almazan (SDSU) def. Ryan Brown (LMU), 6-3, 6-4
Tom Wright (ASU) def. Arnaud Restifo (SDSU), 6-1, 6-3
Daly Meinert (CP) def. Raul de la Torre (SDSU), 6-4, 6-0
Sasha Krasnov (UCI) def. Nicholas Mitchell (SDSU), 6-3, 6-2
Frederick Grant (GCU) def. Ignacio Martinez (SDSU), 6-4, 1-0, ret.