No. 37 Men's Tennis Bounced by No. 22 Rice 5-2
    Junior Greg Shearer continued his solid play in dual matches, winning for the fourth time in the last six matches.
    Junior Greg Shearer continued his solid play in dual matches, winning for the fourth time in the last six matches.

    Feb. 1, 2004

    FRESNO, Calif. - While most of the nation's attention focuses on Houston for the Super Bowl, the Fresno State men's tennis team couldn't escape the city soon enough after falling to No. 22 Rice 5-2 on Sunday at the Bentwater Country Club.

    The loss was the fourth in a row for the 37th-ranked Bulldogs (2-4), who dropped both of their matches on the weekend in this Super Bowl city.

    For the second day in a row, Fresno State dropped the doubles point, putting itself behind the eight-ball right off the bat. The Bulldogs have now fallen behind 1-0 in three of their last four matches.

    In singles, Greg Shearer improved his dual match record to 4-2 with a victory at No. 1, but it was not nearly enough, as the Owls won four of six singles matches for the overall victory.

    Rice (5-0) picked up perhaps the biggest singles win of the day at No. 3, when Fresno State's Stefan Suta lost to No. 67 William Barker 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 despite being ahead 6-3, 4-0 at one point.

    On the positive side for Fresno State, Jakub Cech posted a win at No. 6. He defeated Jason Mok 1-6, 6-1, 6-1 for his third dual match victory of the season.

    Fresno State doesn't play again until facing BYU on Feb. 12 at the Wathen Tennis Center.

    No. 22 Rice def. No. 37 Fresno State, 5-2
    Doubles
    1) #3 Barker/Barker (RU) def. Shearer/Kekez (FS), 8-3
    2) Suta/Modoc (FS) def. Haerle/Vuk Rajevac (RU), 8-6
    3) Harknett/Searle (RU) def. Krohn/Cech (FS), 8-6

    Singles
    1) Greg Shearer (FS) def. #15 Robert Searle (RU), 6-4, 3-6, 6-2
    2) #22 William Barker (RU) def. Alex Krohn (FS), 6-3, 6-3
    3) #67 Richard Barker (RU) def. Stefan Suta (FS), 6-3, 4-6, 6-2
    4) Tony Haerle (RU) def. Sergiu Modoc (FS), 6-0, 6-1
    5) Ben Harknett (RU) def. Jure Kekez (FS), 6-4, 3-6, 6-2
    6) Jakub Cech (FS) def. Jason Mok (RU), 1-6, 6-1, 6-1

     

     

    Records: Fresno State (2-4), Rice (5-0)

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