Big Day for the Bulldogs
April 21, 2012 By Kate Whitney
By Kate Whitney
FRESNO, Calif. - It was an exciting way to complete the regular season for the No. 34 Fresno State men's tennis team; despite the summer-like heat, the `Dogs (18-4) celebrated Senior Day with a 7-0 victory over Pacific (8-13) on Saturday at the Spalding G. Wathen Tennis Center.
However, there were many things to commemorate besides the last win of the regular season, the team recognized three seniors at the match: Remi Boutillier, Jean-Charles Diame and David Ayoun in front of a loyal crowd.
The `Dogs also celebrated a milestone, Boutillier earned his 100th-career doubles win solidifying his legacy as one of the most accomplished players in program history. He and partner Francis Alcantara topped Pacific's Ivan Castro and Alex Hamilton, 8-3, to clinch the doubles point since Pacific defaulted the match at the No. 3 position due to an incomplete line up.
Ayoun and partner Zachary Leslie defeated Erik Cederwall and Valentim Goncalves, 8-4, at the No. 2 position to finish up doubles play. During the break the seniors celebrated with the crowd.
"It feels great," Diame said about his final collegiate match at home. "It's been a great two years with my teammates and I'm proud of everything we've accomplished. I have no regrets."
Ayoun also had no regrets about the last three years and felt thankful for his time at the Spalding G. Wathen Tennis Center.
"I'm definitely going to miss having home matches because we have such loyal fans who support us and have been there for me for three years," Ayoun said. "But we still have matches to play. I know all of us want to see that we do the best can through the end of the season."
Of the three, Boutillier, who spent the most time as a Bulldog, took some time to think before speaking.
"I have mixed feelings about today," Boutillier said. "On one hand I'm really happy about the win and the season so far and on the other I'm sad that my four years as Bulldog are almost over."
When asked about his landmark achievement he had little to say, "Honestly I wasn't keeping track of my wins so I didn't know until after the match."
In singles, the `Dogs started with a 2-0 lead over the Tigers who defaulted at No. 6 singles. At No. 1, Boutillier was the first defeat his opponent besting Castro, 6-1, 6-0. Alcantara clinched the team win at No. 2 with his 6-3, 6-0 victory over Cederwall and Diame bested Goncalves, 6-4, 3-6, 10-1 at No. 3 singles.
Freshman Reid DeLaubenfels beat Jainendra Grewal, 6-3, 3-6, 10-5, at No. 5 singles. Then, true to his nature, Ayoun finished his match almost 30 minutes after, teasing that he likes to enjoy his time on the court despite the heat. At the No. 4 spot Ayoun earned the final victory over Hamilton, 7-6 (7), 6-1.
This match marked the end of the regular season for the `Dogs who now gear up for the WAC Championships in Las Cruces, N.M. that begin Thursday, April 26. It also marked somewhat of end for three Bulldogs in particular.
"It's not the end of the season, but it is the end of something special for sure," Ayoun said.
No. 34 Fresno State, 7 Pacific, 0
Spalding G. Wathen Tennis Center
1. #25 Remi Boutillier (FS) def. Ivan Castro (P), 6-1, 6-0
2. #52 Francis Alcantara (FS) def. Erik Cederwall (P), 6-3, 6-0
3. Jean-Charles Diame (FS) def. Valentim Goncalves (P), 6-4, 3-6, 10-1
4. David Ayoun (FS) def. Alex Hamilton (P), 7-6 (7), 6-1
5. Reid DeLaubenfels (FS) def. Jainendra Grewal (P), 6-3, 3-6, 10-5
6. Fresno State wins by default
1. #80 Boutillier/Alcantara (FS) def. Castro/Hamilton (P), 8-3
2. Ayoun/Leslie (FS) def. Cederwall/Goncalves (P), 8-4
3. Fresno State wins by default
Fresno State 18-4, National ranking #34
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