Men's Tennis Heads South

Feb. 1, 2013

By Stephanie Juncker

Weekly Release

FRESNO, Calif. --- The Bulldogs are set to head to Southern California for the second consecutive weekend as the Fresno State men's tennis team will face No. 3 UCLA on Saturday in Los Angeles and UC Irvine on Sunday in Irvine. Both matches are set to start at 1 p.m.

`Dogs Sting Yellow Jackets In Huge Comeback
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 4-3 in the first round of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend.

The 'Dogs notched three-set wins from Reid deLaubenfels, Sai Kartik Nakireddi, Sam MacNeil, and Felipe Fritz who clinched the match winning 7-5 in the third set in only his second week of being with the team.

The Bulldogs advanced to play defending national champions and current No. 2 USC in the championship match, but the Trojans proved too much to handle topping the 'Dogs 4-0.

Return Home to Face MW Foe
After two consecutive weekends on the road, the Bulldogs will return to home action on Friday, Feb. 8 when Mountain West foe San Diego State arrives to face off at 1 p.m. The matchup will be the first ever Mountain West hosted match at the Wathen Tennis Center and the first MW matchup of the year for the 'Dogs.

That same weekend, Fresno State will play Auburn on Sunday, Feb. 10 at 10 a.m. at home. Auburn will play a neutral site match agaisnt San Diego State on Saturday, Feb. 9 beginning at 1 p.m.

New Top 'Dog Evan Austin is in his first season as the head coach of the Fresno State men's tennis team and becomes the seventh head coach in the history of the program and replaces Jay Udwadia, who guided the Bulldogs for the past eight seasons.

Austin was the head coach at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, for the last two seasons where he posted a 45-6 (.882) overall record, won two MVC championships and coached two different conference Players of the Year, as well as winning two MVC Coach of the Year awards.

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