'Dogs Suffer 4-3 Loss to Rice

Feb. 28, 2013

By Stephanie Juncker

LA JOLLA, Calif. --- The Fresno State men's tennis team suffered its second consecutive 4-3 loss Thursday afternoon at the hands of the Rice Owls at the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club.

The match began with six singles matches then doubles would be played if necessary.

The 'Dogs and Owls split the six singles matches, with Fresno State picking up wins on courts three, four and five. Four of the six singles matches went to three sets.

Sai Kartik Nakireddi bounced back nicely from dropping consecutive matches with a three set 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 victory at No. 3. Felipe Fritz recorded his second consecutive three set win at the fourth spot battling back from losing the first set to win 1-6, 6-4, 6-2. Junior Sam MacNeil rounded out the 'Dogs wins in singles with a 6-4, 6-2 win on court five for his third straight singles victory.

Rice outlasted the Bulldogs on courts one and two in three sets as well as on court six to make the score 3-3 and forcing doubles play.

Fresno State picked up an 8-3 win in doubles at the top spot from Reid deLaubenfels and MacNeil, but it wasn't enough as Rice won on courts two and three to clinch the doubles point as well as win the match.

The Bulldogs will begin action tomorrow morning in the 124th annual Pacific Coast Doubles Championships in La Jolla, Calif.

Match Results
Rice 4, Fresno State 3

Singles competition
1. Jonathan Chang (RICE) def. Reid deLaubenfels (FS) 3-6, 7-6, 6-3
2. Adam Gustafsson (RICE) def. Nikolas Papic (FS) 4-6, 6-1, 6-3
3. Sai Kartik Nakireddi (FS) def. Phillipp Seifert (RICE) 4-6, 6-2, 7-6
4. Felipe Fritz (FS) def. Tommy Bennett (RICE) 1-6, 6-4, 6-2
5. Sam MacNeil (FS) def. Peter Frank (RICE) 6-4, 6-2
6. Gustavo Gonzalez (RICE) def. Jeremy Quiroz (FS) 6-4, 6-2

Doubles competition
1. Reid deLaubenfels/Sam MacNeil (FS) def. Adam Gustafsson/Tommy Bennett (RICE) 8-3
2. Phillipp Seifert/Peter Frank (RICE) def. Sai Kartik Nakireddi/Felipe Fritz (FS) 8-4
3. Leif Berger/Jonathan Chang (RICE) def. Jeremy Quiroz/Nikolas Papic (FS) 8-6

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