April 18, 2012
FRESNO, Calif. - The No. 34 Fresno State men's tennis team fell to No. 7 Pepperdine, 4-3, on Wednesday at the Spalding G. Wathen Tennis Center.
The Waves (20-6) took the doubles point against the Bulldogs (17-4) with straight wins at the No. 2 and 3 doubles positions. At No. 1 doubles, 80th-ranked duo Remi Boutillier and Francis Alcantara made sure the 'Dogs did not lay down to Pepperdine by upsetting the Waves' 6th-ranked doubles team of Alex Llompart and Finn Tearney, 8-5.
In singles, Pepperdine continued to gain momentum over the Bulldogs. Senior David Ayoun fell to Llompart in a 6-3, 6-2 decision at the No. 3 spot. At No. 1 singles, 25th-ranked singles player Boutillier fell to Pepperdine's No. 9 Sebastian Fanselow, 6-3, 6-1.
The 'Dogs made the Waves sweat to clinch the team win with back-to-back upsets at No. 4 and No. 2. Senior Jean-Charles Diame defeated No. 80 Mousheg Hovhannisyan, 6-2, 6-3, at the No. 4 spot. Then the Bulldogs' 52nd-ranked singles player Alcantara defeated 20th-ranked Tearney, 6-4, 6-1, at No. 2.
Unfortunately the Bulldogs were not able to keep their heads above water. Pepperdine's Jenson Turner clinched the team win for the Waves with a 7-5, 6-2 victory over freshman Reid DeLaubenfels at No. 6. Junior Zachary Leslie defeated Hugh Clarke who retired the match due injury at No. 5 singles.
The Bulldogs head back to their home courts for the last time this season to celebrate Senior Day on Saturday at noon at the Spalding G. Wathen Tennis Center.
Pepperdine, 4 Fresno State, 3
Spalding G. Wathen Tennis Center
1. #9 Sebastian Fanselow (P) def. #25 Remi Boutillier (FS), 6-3, 6-1
2. #52 Francis Alcantara (FS) def. #20 Finn Tearney (P), 6-4, 6-1
3. Alex Llompart (P) def. David Ayoun (FS), 6-3, 6-2
4. Jean-Charles Diame (FS) def. #80 Mousheg Hovhannisyan (P), 6-2, 6-3
5. Zachary Leslie (FS)def. Hugh Clarke, 5-7, 1-5 ret.
6. Jenson Turner (P) def. Reid DeLaubenfels (FS), 7-5, 6-2
(3, 1, 4, 2, 6, 5)
1. #80 Boutillier/Alcantara (FS) def. #6 Llompart/Tearney (P), 8-5
2. Fanselow/Turner (P) def. Ayoun/Leslie (FS), 8-4
3. Clarke/Sofaer (P) def. Diame/deLaubenfels (FS), 8-3 (3, 2, 1)
Fresno State 17-4; National ranking #34
Pepperdine 20-7; National ranking # 7
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