Sept. 27, 2013
By Kasandra Martinson
FRESNO, Calif. --- The Fresno State men's tennis team went 9-for-10 in doubles and singles action in day one of the Bulldog Invitational on Friday Sept. 27 at the Spalding G. Wathen Tennis Center.
The Bulldogs started the day off strong in doubles play, winning 5-of-6 matches.
Senior Sam MacNeil teamed up with Sai Kartik Nakireddi to win 2-of-3 matches 8-6, 8-4. Freshmen Ethan Lopez paired with Nikolas Papic and won all three of their matches. Lopez and Papic are set to play Cal Poly's Ben Donovan and Corey Pang in the doubles championship round tomorrow Sept. 28 at 4 p.m.
Fresno State continued strong play in the afternoon, winning all four single matches over Cal Poly and Fresno City College.
Papic defeated Robinson Audiber in straight sets (6-2, 6-2) in singles round robin action.
In the singles tournament bracket Lopez beat Fresno City's Scott Grey, 6-3, 6-3 and MacNeil took down Corey Pang 7-5, 6-2. After dropping his first set to Gannon Daynes 6-7(3), Kartik Nakireddi won the next two sets 6-2, 6-0 to win the Bulldogs last match of the day.
"It was a great first day for us, "said Fresno State head coach Evan Austin. " Our doubles showed some good improvement and we're looking forward to continuing to play at a high level tomorrow."
The Bulldog Invitation will continue tomorrow morning, Sept. 28 at 9 a.m.
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