Tennis Celebrates Year At Banquet

May 9, 2013

By Stephanie Juncker

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FRESNO, Calif. ---The Fresno State men and women's tennis team celebrated the 2012-13 season on Cinco de Mayo at Woodward Park with a barbeque, games and awards with friends and family.

Men's Awards

The Fresno State men's team finished the season with a 7-17 overall record and 2-4 MW finish. First-year head coach Evan Austin's squad face 13-ranked opponents throughout the year including four in the Top 25.

Austin awarded four different team awards at the end of the year banquet.

Freshman Felipe Fritz was the recipient of two awards for the Most Singles Wins and Most Improved. Fritz arrived at Fresno State in January and began his career for the Bulldogs playing at the No. 6 spot. By the end of the season the Santiago, Chile native worked his way all the way to the top spot for the 'Dogs and along the way recorded a 12-9 overall record which included the longest winning streak of the year for the team at seven straight.

Junior Sam MacNeil and sophomore Reid deLaubenfels took home the award for Most Doubles win as they paired together throughout the fall and spring for 12 total wins as a duo. The pair finished the dual match season with a 5-7 record all playing at the top spot.

The final award of the afternoon went to Sai Kartik Nakireddi who garnered the Hardest Worker award. The sophomore spent nearly the whole year in the top half of the lineup and had 10 total wins over the course of the season.

Women's Awards

The Bulldogs women's team finished the season with a 14-8 overall record, 7-1 at home, and currently sit at No. 56 in the ITA rankings with one poll remaining for the season. First-year head coach Ryan Stotland led the 'Dogs to a 6-2 Mountain West record and tied for second in the regular season.

Stotland presented five awards on the afternoon including Most Singles Wins, Most Doubles Wins, Longest Winning Streak, Most Improved, and MVP (Most Valuable Person).

Senior Melissa McQueen rewrote her personal record books and etched her name in Frenso State history this year and was presented the Most Singles and Double Wins awards. McQueen led the team with 25 overall singles victories which is the highest wins total of her career surpassing the 17 overall wins she recorded as a junior. With four consecutive wins to finish her career, the Whitby, Canada native moved into the top 15 all-time winningest singles players in Fresno State history as she sits alone in 12th with 72 career singles wins. McQueen also led the 'Dogs in doubles as she had 23 overall victories and was the only player to break 20 wins. She posted a 15-6 dual match record and she and doubles partner Rana Sherif Ahmed were named to the All-MW Doubles team following the regular season during which they were 13-4 overall, 6-2 in Conference action.

Freshman Sophie Watts was given the Longest Winning Streak award as she hit quite the sweet spot in the middle of the season as she recorded a 12 match singles winning streak beginning Feb. 22 and extending through the end of the regular season. The Hitchin, England native finished the season leading the team in dual match wins with 16. In her first season as a 'Dog Watts also played a large role in helping the team go undefeated at No. 4 in MW play.

The final two awards, Most Improved and MVP, were voted on by the players and given to the player with the most votes. Sophomore Anne Susdorf was voted by her peers as the Most Improved on the team as she set career highs in both singles and doubles victories. Susdorf had a 12-10 overall and 5-4 dual match record in singles and an 8-5 overall and 2-2 dual match doubles record all before suffering a season ending injury in March.

Lastly, the team evenly split votes resulting in both senior Bianca Modoc and McQueen receiving the Most Valuable Person award for their leadership and dedication to Fresno State Tennis both on and off of the court.

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