Sept. 27, 2009
FRESNO, Calif. - Fresno State sophomore David Ayoun capped off his first collegiate tournament by knocking off No. 71 Alex Llompart of Pepperdine on Sunday at the Wave Invitational in Malibu, Calif.
The sophomore from Ceteil, France, took the first set by the score of 6-4 and Llompart retired early in the second, despite leading 1-0 in the set. The win was Ayoun's second victory and brought his season record to 2-1.
Senior Taylor Leiby extended his hot streak by winning his third-straight match of the tournament. Leiby dispatched Pepperdine's Hugh Clarke in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3. Along with partner Mirko Zapletal, he also picked up his third doubles victory of the tournament.
Tejesvi Veerepalli and Siddharth Alapati both picked up wins for the Bulldogs. Veerepalli knocked off Alejandro Moreno, 6-2, 2-2. Alapati won a super-tiebreaker against Finn Tearney, 6-2, 3-6, (10-4).
"It was another great day of competition, we got some quality matches under our belts this weekend," Fresno State head coach Jay Udwadia said. "Congratulations to Taylor for going 6-0 at the tournament."
Although strongly tested in two of the matches, Fresno State swept all three doubles matches against Arizona. Remi Boutillier and Rikus de Villiers defeated the Wildcats' Pat Metham and Geoff Embry, 8-6. Veerepalli and Ayoung, as well as Leiby and Zapletal, picked up wins for the Bulldogs in doubles action.
Fresno State returns to the Wathen Tennis Center to host the Bulldog Classic on Friday through Saturday.
NCAA Men's Tennis
Sunday at Malibu, Calif.
Day Three Doubles
Boutillier/de Villiers (FS) def. Methan/Embry (ARI) 8-6
Zapletal/Leiby (FS) def. Hazi/Johnson (ARI) 8-1
Veerepalli/Ayoun (FS) def. Carrasco/Johnson (ARI) 9-7
Day Three Singles
No. 21 Bassam Beidas (PEP) def. Mirko Zapletal (FS), 6-3, 7-5
S. Fanselow (PEP) def. Remi Boutillier (FS), 6-4, 6-4
Daniel Moss (PEP) def. Rikus de Villiers (FS), 6-4, 4-6, (10-7)
David Ayoun (FS) def. No. 71 Alex Llompart (PEP), 6-4, 0-1 (Ret.)
Tejesvi Veerepalli (FS) def. Alejandro Moreno (PEP), 6-2, 6-2
Siddharth Alapati (FS) def. Finn Tearney (PEP), 6-2, 3-6, (10-4)
Taylor Leiby (FS) def. Hugh Clarke (PEP), 6-2, 6-3
Stuart Keplar (PEP) def. Hugo Verdi-Fortin (FS), 9-7
"We Are Your Team" - Come cheer on the Bulldogs as they host the Bulldog Classic on Oct. 2-4 at the Wathen Tennis Center. Competition starts at 9 p.m. each day. For all the up to date information on Fresno State men's tennis stay logged on to gobulldogs.com.
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