'Dogs Host Three Straight In Five Days

March 7, 2013

By Stephanie Juncker

Weekly Match Release

FRESNO, Calif. ---The Fresno State men's tennis team returns to action at the Spalding G. Wathen Tennis Center as they host three straight non-conference match-ups in the next week. The Bulldogs first take on Hawai'i on Saturday at 1 p.m., then bounce back to face No. 25 Washington at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, March 11 and wrap up the five day stretch on Wednesday, March 13 against No. 66 Purdue at 1 p.m.

About the Competition
Hawai'i enters the match with a 3-6 overall record and coming off a 6-1 loss to No. 2 UCLA. The all-time series record against the Warriors leans in favor of the 'Dogs who lead 11-4. The teams met a season ago during which Fresno State won 6-1.

The nationally ranked Huskies boast a 9-6 overall record and will finish a four match road trip against the Bulldogs. In addition to the team's overall ranking, Washington has two ranked players in the ITA singles, including the #19 overall singles player. Fresno State and Washington have split their ten previous meetings with the Huskies taking the last match 5-2 in 2009. The 'Dogs last win over UW came in 1996.

The Purdue Boilermakers make the long trip from West Lafayette with the best team record of the week at 11-3. Fresno will be the first of two stops for the Boilermakers as they travel to Santa Clara to complete their West Coast trip. This will be the first-ever meeting between Fresno State and Purdue.

Last Time Out
Fresno State travelled to La Jolla, Calif. last weekend to take on Rice in a dual match and participate in the 134th annual Pacific Coast Doubles Championship.

The 'Dogs put up a good fight against the Rice Owls, but ultimately fell 4-3 after losing the doubles point after a 3-3 tie in singles. Junior transfer Sam MacNeil highlighted the match picking up his fourth consecutive win in singles, as well as winning with partner Reid deLaubenfels in doubles.

In the Doubles Championship, the Bulldogs picked up two first round victories from doubles duos deLaubenfels/MacNeil and Sai Kartik Nakireddi/Felipe Fritz. Head coach Evan Austin and former 'Dog and current assistant David Ayoun also participated and advanced to the round of 16.

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