75th-Ranked UCSB Suffers First Home Loss, Falling 5-2 to Georgia State

March 5, 2006

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Following more than a two-week break from competition, the UC Santa Barbara men's tennis team showed a bit of rust Sunday and fell 5-2 to Georgia State at the Recreation Center Courts.

The Gauchos - who entered the non-conference dual match tied for 75th in the national rankings - fell to 5-6 overall, losing for the first time in six home contests this season. With their win, the Panthers improved to 5-4 on the year.

GSU set the tone in doubles play, winning at the No. 2 and 3 spots. Santa Barbara prevailed on court one with the team of Scott Hohenstein and Carsten Thorstensen notching an 8-5 victory.

Thorstensen was the lone Gaucho to notch victories in both singles and doubles, prevailing 7-6, 6-2 on court two. Meanwhile UCSB sophomore Anders Dalskov also emerged victorious, capturing a 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 decision at No. 3.

However with usual No. 1 singles player Nick Brotman out of action, Santa Barbara was forced to shuffle its lineup and the visitors took advantage. Georgia State junior Martin Stiegwardt triumphed 6-2, 6-4 at the top spot, while his teammate Nejc Podkrajsek did the same at No. 2 by a 7-6, 6-4 score. The Panthers also notched wins at the No. 5 and 6 singles positions.

The Gauchos return to action on Wednesday, March 8, traveling to San Luis Obispo, Calif., to face Big West Conference rival Cal Poly at 1:30 p.m.

Georgia State 5, UC Santa Barbara 2

Singles 1) Martin Stiegwardt (GSU) def. Elad Stern (UCSB) - 6-2, 6-4 2) Nejc Podkrajsek (GSU) def. Bijan Hejazi (UCSB) - 7-6, 6-4 3) Anders Dalskov (UCSB) def. Clarence Boyd (GSU) - 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 4) Carstn Thurstensen (UCSB) def. Matija Sulin (GSU) - 7-6, 6-2 5) Anze Cevka (GSU) def. Max Taylor (UCSB) - 6-3, 6-4 6) Jacek Twarowski (GSU) def. Scott Hohenstein (UCSB) - 6-4, 6-7, 6-1

Doubles 1) Hohenstein/Thorstensen (UCSB) def. Stiegwardt/Cevka (GSU) - 8-5 2) Boyd/Podkrajsek (GSU) def. Robertson/Stern (UCSB) - 8-5 3) Sundin/Twarowski (GSU) def. Dalskov/Hejazi (UCSB) - 8-2