Fresno State Sisters Team Up to Shock No. 5 Doubles Team

Release courtesy of Fresno State Athletics.

TULSA, Okla. – Motivation can be the best recipe for surprises. On Feb. 19, Fresno State’s doubles team of Mayar Sherif Ahmed and Rana Sherif Ahmed held their highest ranking of the season at No. 18, but the two dropped a tightly contested 6-4 match to No. 5 Taylor Davidson and Caroline Doyle in Stanford, Calif. On Thursday, the Bulldog duo got a bit of revenge against the Cardinal pair, knocking them out of the 2016 NCAA Women’s Doubles Championship with a 6-2, 7-6(0) first round win at the Michael Case Tennis Center.

“We had more energy than they did,” the Ahmed sisters said. “We played well when needed to in the second set when it got tight. We went for our shots and felt we were tougher and we managed to win.”

The sisters broke the Cardinal’s serve early in the first set to grab a 3-2 lead. From that point, they put the pressure on the higher seed, capturing the next three games to claim the opening set, 6-2.

The second set started out with another early broken serve by Fresno State, but Stanford fought back throughout set as the pair would force a tiebreaker. The Bulldog duo seized control early in the tiebreak and finished it off by not surrendering a point.

The win was the duo’s second this season over an opponent ranked in the top six. It also meant that they joined five other Bulldog doubles teams to advance to the Round of 16 at the NCAA Championship.

“Today was a big win for our program as it shows we can beat the very best,” head coach Ryan Stotland said. “We just need to keep the momentum tomorrow. This tournament has the best of the best so it is extremely tough. This tournament is all about whose tougher on that day, and today we were that team. Tomorrow we want to bring that same toughness to the court.”

Fresno State will face the No. 18-ranked team of Danielle Collins and Meghan Kelley of Virginia tomorrow at 12 p.m. PT. Collins, the No. 2 seed in the singles championship will compete four hours prior to the doubles match. Live streaming and scoring can be found at streamingtennis.com/Tulsa.