'Dogs Kickoff 2013

Jan. 16, 2013

By Stephanie Juncker

FRESNO, Calif.--- The No. 60 Fresno State women's tennis team will kickoff 2013 in Berkeley, Calif. at the California Winter Invite beginning Friday, Jan. 18-20. This begins a long road trip for the 'Dogs who will play on the road for over a month in California and Arizona.

Time to Hit the Road

The California Winter Invite begins a long road trip for the 'Dogs who will play on the road for over a month in California and Arizona. After the Winter Invite, Fresno State will travel back to Berkeley for the Kick-Off Weekend, before heading down to the City of Angels to face Pepperdine and USC. They will have one more road trip in California to the Bay Area to play USF and Santa Clara and will then set off to Arizona to face UofA and Arizona State.

Home Opener

The Bulldogs home opener will come on Friday, Feb. 22 at 1 p.m. against the Hornets of Sacramento State. Fresno State will hit the courts a day later to face UC Davis at 10 a.m.

New Leader

Ryan Stotland is in his first season as head coach of the Fresno State women's tennis team and the eighth head coach in the history of the program and replaces Simon Thibodeau, who led the Bulldogs for the past eight seasons.

Stotland was the assistant coach Arizona for the last four seasons where he coached five nationally ranked singles players, four nationally ranked doubles teams, posted a 55-37 overall record and made two NCAA Tournament appearances.

Fall Success

The Fresno State women's tennis team finished the 13th Annual Bulldog Classic Nov. 2 at the Spalding G. Wathen Tennis Center with a great showing in the finals. The `Dogs ended the tournament with two champions and two runner-ups.

"It was a good fall season as everyone got better every single week in and week out," said head coach Ryan Stotland. "It was a great way to end with winning half of the hardware, which is very difficult to do in any tournament. We had someone representing us in every final and we took home a championship. I am very happy with how everyone competed and we keep getting better which is what is going to lead us to our ultimate goal of winning a conference championship."