Dominant Doubles Fuels 'Dogs in Win

March 21, 2013

By Stephanie Juncker

FRESNO, Calif. --- The afternoon began with a dominant performance in doubles which fueled the No. 66 women's tennis team to a 6-1 win over Pacific Thursday at the Spalding G. Wathen Tennis Center.

"I'm really proud of the girls and for staying focused," said head coach Ryan Stotland. "That's always really hard to do. We made a team look not as good as they actually are which is always good."

The Bulldogs picked up the doubles point by cruising at the top two spots. Melissa McQueen and Rana Sherif Ahmed recorded their eighth win of the year with an 8-1 victory over Hana Ritterova and Iveta Masarova. Bianca Modoc and Sophie Watts teamed up to top Susan Te and Gergana Boncheva 8-2.

"I really give credit to our doubles who came out and really stayed on top of them," Stotland said of the teams early success in doubles.

As singles play began, the 'Dogs carried the momentum from doubles and put on a dominating performance on the four bottom courts.

Within a matter of ten minutes, the 'Dogs secured wins on four courts, clinching the victory for Fresno State. Anneka Watts was first to add to the lead as she defeated Sheena Chaudhuri 6-2, 6-0. Modoc followed shortly to put the Bulldogs up 3-0 as she won 6-0, 6-4 on court four over Christiana Ferrari.

Sophomore Anne Susdorf picked up her fifth dual match victory at No. 5 and secured the team win, topping Boncheva 6-1, 6-1.

Sophie Watts extended her singles winning streak to five straight as she dominated Te 6-2, 6-0 at the third spot. Pacific picked up its only point as Ritterova outlasted Ahmed 6-3, 6-4.

McQueen furthered herself in the Fresno State history books as she picked up another win, defeating Masarova 3-6, 7-5, 1-0 (10-5). She now has 66 all-time singles victories which puts her in a tie for 15th with Maria Mendez, Marta Pitarch and Kandiss Creighton.

The 'Dogs will not play next week due to Fresno State's spring break, but will return to action with three home matches in three days to round out play at the Wathen Tennis Center from April 4-6. The 'Dogs have seven conference matches remaining before heading to the Mountain West Championships in Colorado Springs, Colo. from April 25-28.

"At this point in the season we are 9-5 and we are looking forward to the conference where we are already 1-0," Stotland said. "We know we have a chance to win it and I'm looking forward to seeing how we handle the pressure. We continue to learn and get better every week and we are going to continue to do just that."

Match Results

#66 Fresno State 6, Pacific 1

Singles competition
1. Hana Ritterova (PAC) def. Rana Sherif Ahmed (FS) 6-3, 6-4
2. Melissa McQueen (FS) def. Iveta Masarova (PAC) 3-6, 7-5, 1-0 (10-5)
3. Sophie Watts (FS) def. Susan Te (PAC) 6-2, 6-0
4. Bianca Modoc (FS) def. Christina Ferrari (PAC) 6-0, 6-4
5. Anne Susdorf (FS) def. Gergana Boncheva (PAC) 6-1, 6-1
6. Anneka Watts (FS) def. Sheena Chadhuri (PAC) 6-2, 6-0

Doubles competition
1. Melissa McQueen/Rana Sherif Ahmed (FS) def. Hana Ritterova/Iveta Masarova (PAC) 8-2
2. Bianca Modoc/Sophie Watts (FS) def. Susan Te/Gergana Boncheva (PAC) 8-1
3. Aishwarya Agrawal/Anneka Watts (FS) vs. Regina Suarez/Christina Ferrari (PAC) 5-4, unfinished

Match Notes:
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (6,4,5,3,1,2)

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