Singles Carries 'Dogs in 4-3 Win

March 16, 2013

By Stephanie Juncker

RENO, NEV. --- After dropping the doubles point, the No. 61 Fresno State women's team had to come from behind and rely heavily on its singles play to record its fourth consecutive victory beat Cal Poly 4-3 Saturday afternoon at the Spalding G. Wathen Tennis Center. With the score tied at 3-3, senior Bianca Modoc clinched the victory in three sets at No. 5.

The 'Dogs move to 8-4 on the year and are 3-0 at home. This is only the second time this season that the Bulldogs have won the overall match in which they lost doubles point.

"We didn't play our best, but we are learning and the key to learning is that we don't have to overdo things," said head coach Ryan Stotland. "I think today we thought we had to do way more than we should have. Hopefully a lesson is learned from this and we won a close match which is important."

In doubles, Aishwarya Agrawal and Sophie Watts cruised 8-2 at No. 3, but Cal Poly came back to take courts one and two 8-6 to notch the first point.

The chess match then began as the two teams swapped wins.

Within a five minute time frame three singles matches finished making the overall team score 2-2. Freshman Sophie Watts was the first to finish at No. 4 as she cruised 6-0, 6-2 over Kathryn Webb. The Mustangs answered on court two as Jen Cornea defeated Agrawal 6-2, 6-4. Anneka Watts tied the score up as she rolled at the sixth position with identical sets of 6-1.

Each team needed to win two out of the three final singles matches that were still in play which all went into three sets. Freshman Rana Sherif Ahmed gave Fresno State its first lead of the day dominating in the first in third sets for a 6-1, 4-6, 6-2 victory capped off with an ace to seal the match.

Cal Poly didn't fall behind long as Alexa Lee won at No. 3, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2.

After dropping the first set 3-6 and being down 3-4 in the second, senior Bianca Modoc gave herself a good birthday present as she rattled off six straight games to win the second set 6-4 and take a 3-0 lead in the third. Cal Poly's Ane McPike battled back to win three games but Modoc would not be denied the victory as she won 6-3 in the third and clinched the victory for the Bulldogs.

"It was great for Bianca to dig herself out of that hole for the team," Stotland said.

Fresno State will look to win its fifth straight match on Monday night under the lights as the Bulldogs have the opportunity to knock off No. 42 Kansas State at 5 p.m. at the Wathen Tennis Center. Prior to the match, Campus Kids' Day will take place from 3-5 p.m. with free fun, prizes and snacks.

"Kansas State is going to be a big match for us and it can really help our season," Stotland said on Monday night's matchup. "We have a chance to beat a good, ranked team at home. We could really use some great fan support and we would love to see our stands packed. We will have free pizza and we want the Fresno community to really come out and support us. The girls work really hard and we would really appreciate your support as it makes a big difference."

Match Results

#61 Fresno State 4, Cal Poly 3

Singles competition
1. Rana Sherif Ahmed (FS) def. Oxnevad, Louise (CP) 6-1, 4-6, 6-2
2. Cornea, Jen (CP) def. Aishwarya Agrawal (FS) 6-2, 6-4
3. Lee, Alexa (CP) def. Melissa McQueen (FS) 4-6, 6-1, 6-2
4. Sophie Watts (FS) def. Webb, Kathryn (CP) 6-0, 6-2
5. Bianca Modoc (FS) def. McPike, Ane (CP) 3-6, 6-4, 6-3
6. Anneka Watts (FS) def. Klavins, Anna (CP) 6-1, 6-1

Doubles competition
1. Oxnevad, Louise/Lee, Alexa (CP) def. Melissa McQueen/Rana Sherif Ahmed (FS) 8-6
2. McPike, Ane/Cornea, Jen (CP) def. Olga Kirpicheva/Bianca Modoc (FS) 8-6
3. Aishwarya Agrawal/Sophie Watts (FS) def. Gatewood, Gabrielle/Webb, Kathryn (CP) 8-2

Match Notes:
Fresno State 8-4; National ranking #61
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (4,2,6,1,3,5)

"Discover Fresno State Athletics" - Come out the Wathen Tennis Center MONDAY, MARCH 18 at 5 p.m. as the 'Dogs look to upset nationally-ranked Kansas State.