'Dogs Head to Las Vegas For Regular Season Finale
April 18, 2013
By Stephanie Juncker
By Stephanie Juncker
FRESNO, Calif. ---The Fresno State men's tennis team is set to round out the regular season this weekend as the 'Dogs travel to Las Vegas to take on No. 64 UNLV at 12 p.m. on Saturday at the Fertitta Tennis Complex.
Heading into the regular season finale, the Bulldogs sit in a tie for fourth place in the Mountain West standings with a 2-3 conference record with New Mexico. With the 'Dogs dropping its match to the Lobos, UNM has the advantage to gain the higher seed. However, if the Lobos lose to last-place Air Force and the Bulldogs pull the upset on the road over the Rebels, Fresno State could seize the third-seed heading into Colorado Springs for the MW Championship.
About the Competition
UNLV (15-6, 3-2 MW) is coming off of a home loss to the same Boise State team that beat the Bulldogs at home last weekend. The loss to the Broncos was only the second loss of the season for the nationally-ranked Rebels, who are 12-2 this season at the Fertitta Tennis Complex. Sophomore Ace Matias leads the Rebels with 17 dual match singles wins on the year and is ranked #123 in the latest ITA singles rankings.
This will be the 21st meeting between the Bulldogs and Rebels with Fresno State leading the all-time series 17-3. The teams met a year ago in Fresno with the 'Dogs defeating the Rebels 5-2 at the Wathen Tennis Center.
Last Time Out
The Bulldogs fell 6-1 last Sunday afternoon to No. 46 Boise State at the Spalding G. Wathen Tennis Center. The 'Dogs lost a tight doubles point and the Broncos carried the momentum into singles. Jeremy Quiroz was the highlight in the lineup as he recorded his first win in Mountain West play this season and got the `Dogs on the scoreboard with a 7-5, 6-4 victory over Garrett Patton.
Fritz on Fire
Freshman Felipe Fritz has been a hot spot in the Bulldogs lineup as he has won nine out of his last 12 singles matches. Five of the wins have come in three sets including his most recent win in which he clinched the match for Fresno State over Air Force at No. 1 for his first career win at the top spot. Fritz clinched the match for the Bulldogs by defeating the No. 75-ranked player in the ITA rankings in three extremely close sets, 7-5, 4-6, 6-4.
One Shy of Double Digits
Sophomore Reid deLaubenfels has anchored the top half of the lineup the entire year and is one win shy of ten on the year in singles. During his freshman campaign, he recorded a total of 14 singles wins which he has already surpassed with his 16 total singles wins this year.
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