Fresno State Advances To Second Championship In Three Years With Victory Over San José State

FORT COLLINS, Colo. – No. 1 seed Fresno State advanced to its second Mountain West championship in three years after defeating fourth-seeded San José State 4-2 on Saturday afternoon at the Fort Collins Country Club.

The Bulldogs, who won the championship when they made their last appearance, earned the doubles point with victories on courts

No. 3 (Sofya Malysheva/Olivia Noble 6-3 over Gaelle Rey/Justine Deleval) and 2 (Sophie Watts/Anneka Watts 6-3 over Marine Dans/Miyo Kobayashi), in order.

Fresno State won the first two singles matches to give the Bulldogs a 3-0 overall lead in the match. At the No. 1 singles position, Mayar Sherif Ahmed defeated Sybille Gauvain in three sets 6-1, 2-6, 6-3, while her sister Rana Sherif Ahmed beat Rey in straight sets 6-2, 6-3.

The Spartans pulled the match to 3-2 with wins at No. 2 (Klocker 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 over S. Watts) and No. 4 (Dans 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 over Galina Bykova), but the comeback effort fell short as Malysheva swept Deleval 6-3, 6-1 to clinch the semifinal victory for the Bulldogs.

Fresno State will play the winner of the No. 2 UNLV/No. 3 New Mexico, being played Saturday night, in Sunday’s championship match scheduled for 10:30 a.m. MT at the Fort Collins Country Club.

Fans can watch a live stream of the final match on the Mountain West Network.