Bulldogs Continue Strong Play in Singles

Sept. 14, 2013

By Jason Clay

NAPA, Calif. - The Fresno State men's tennis team won 3-of-4 singles matches at the Silverado Resort and Spa up in Napa, Calif. on day two of the 2013 Silverado College Tennis Invitational.

In their first of six fall tournaments, the Bulldogs faced the University of San Francisco in singles action and head coach Evan Austin's young squad had another successful day out on the courts.

Austin was pleased with how his team came back against the Dons after opening up the day by losing both of its doubles matches to Idaho.

"We got off to a slow start today in the doubles matches, which is something we're going to improve on tomorrow morning," Austin said. "I was very happy with the effort and energy level of our new guys and Ethan [Lopez] did a great job of finding a way to get a close three-set win."

Austin's freshman, John Darmstaedter and Ethan Lopez both came away with wins while sophomore Adriaan DuToit was the third Bulldog to pick up a win on Saturday.

Darmstaedter made quick work of the Dons' Nils Skajaa, winning in straight-sets for the second day in a row, this time 6-2, 6-3 over Skajaa. DuToit also won in straight sets for the second day in a row, taking down Thomas Takemoto 6-2, 6-1.

In the match of the day, Lopez rebounded after losing the first set 6-1 to win sets two and three 6-1, 6-4 to defeat Germain Bahri.

Sophomore Felipe Fritz was defeated by Bernardo Saraiva 6-1, 6-1 in the fourth singles match on Saturday.



In doubles play, which the Bulldogs started the day with, Fritz and Darmstaedter fell 8-3 to Idaho's Odon Barta and Artemiy Nikitin. DuToit and Lopez fell 8-6 to Cesar Torres and Andrew Zedde.

The Bulldogs conclude the 2013 Silverado College Tennis Invitational on Sunday when they face Oklahoma State at 8:30 a.m. in doubles play and later Arizona in singles action.

"We really want to finish up strong in both singles and doubles tomorrow," Austin said.

Singles Results vs. San Francisco
John Darmstaedter (FS) def. Nils Skajaa (USF), 6-2, 6-3
Adriaan Du Toit (FS) def. Thomas Takemoto, 6-2, 6-1
Ethan Lopez (FS) def. Germain Bahri (USF) 1-6, 6-1, 6-4
Bernardo Saraiva (USF)def. Felipe Fritz (FS), 6-1, 6-1

Doubles Results vs. Idaho
Nikitin/Barta (UI) def. Fritz/Darmstaedter, 8-3
Torres/Zedde (UI) def. Du Toit/Lopez (FS), 8-6

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