'Dogs Sting Yellow Jackets In Huge Comeback

Jan. 25, 2013

By Stephanie Juncker

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ---After falling behind 3-0, the No. 69 Fresno State men's tennis team came roaring back to win four three-set matches to upset No. 60 Georgia Tech in the first round of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend. The Bulldogs will face the winner of No. 2 USC/No. 66 San Diego State on Saturday at 5 p.m.

Matches were originally scheduled to be held in Los Angeles at USC, but due to inclement weather, play moved to an indoor facility in Riverside, Calif. after an hour and a half delay.

"I'm so proud of the way our guys battled back from a 3-0 deficit and found a way to win four three-set matches in a row," said first year head coach Evan Austin. "For Felipe (Fritz) to clinch a 3-3 match just 2 weeks after arriving at school is an incredible effort. We are going to take a great deal of confidence from this match and look forward to continuing to improve tomorrow."

Georgia Tech got off to its fast start in doubles with wins at No. 1 and No. 3. At the top spot #3 Juan Spir and Vikram Hundal bested Reid deLaubenfels and Nikolas Papic 8-5, while Nathan Rakitt and Colin Edwards topped Sai Kartik Nakireddi and Felipe Fritz 8-3.

As singles play began, the Yellow Jackets lead continued to build with wins at No. 2, in Hundal's 6-2, 6-3 win over Jeremy Quiroz, and No. 4, with Rakitt defeating Papic 6-0, 6-4.

The 'Dogs then dug in and held their ground.

Senior deLaubenfels gave Frenso State life and brought the overall score to 3-1 with an upset victory at the top spot over #32 Spir 4-6, 6-1, 6-4. Kartik followed suit to give the 'Dogs the momentum as he notched another point at No. 3 in an extremely close 7-5, 4-6, 6-4 win over Eduardo Segura.

The Bulldogs then tied the score a three apiece as junior transfer Sam MacNeil dominated the third set at No. 5 winning 4-6, 7-5 (5), 6-1 over Garrett Gordon.

Then the clinching moment came for the Bulldogs on the racquet of one of two newest members to the Fresno State roster. After trading 6-1 first and second sets, Fritz battled all the way through the third and eventually defeated Anish Sharma 1-6, 6-1, 7-5 to clinch the upset victory for the Bulldogs.

Match Results

#69 Fresno State 4, #60 Georgia Tech 3

(1) #3 Spir/Hundal (GT) def. DeLaubenfels/Papic (FSt) - 8-5
(2) Segura/Gordon (GT) vs. MacNeil/Quiroz (FSt) - DNF
(3) Rakitt/Edwards (GT) def. Kartik/Fritz (FSt) - 8-3
Order of finish: 3, 1

(1) Reid deLaubenfels (FSt) def. #32 Juan Spir (GT) - 4-6, 6-1, 6-4
(2) Vikram Hundal (GT) def. Jeremy Quiroz (FSt) - 6-2, 6-3
(3) Sai Kartik Nakireddi (FSt) def. Eduardo Segura - 7-5, 4-6, 6-4
(4) Nathan Rakitt (GT) def. Nikolas Papic (FSt) - 6-0, 6-4
(5) Sam MacNeil (FSt) def. Garrett Gordon (GT) - 4-6, 7-5 (5), 6-1
(6) Felipe Fritz (FSt) def. Anish Sharma (GT) - 1-6, 6-1, 7-5*
Order of finish: 2, 4, 1, 3, 5, 6*

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