Men's Tennis Shines in Saturday Action
Sept. 28, 2013
By Kasandra Martinson
FRESNO, Calif. ---The Fresno State men's tennis team went 8-for-11 in day two of the Bulldog Invitational on Saturday at the Spalding G. Wathen Tennis Center, and 2-for-2 in the ITA Men's All-American Championships in Tulsa, Okla.
"We had a number of great performances today and it'll be very rewarding to have two of our own guys square off in the finals tomorrow," said Fresno State head coach Evan Austin.
The Bulldogs went 7-for-9 in singles play in day two of their home tournament. Nikolas Papic split his round robin matches, grabbing a win over Pacific's Lance Ngo, 6-1, 7-6. Freshman Ethan Lopez dropped his first match to Maco Comuzzo of Cal Poly (6-0, 6-3) and then went on to win his next to matches over Fresno City and Pacific in straight sets.
Lopez and Papic finished the day strong for the Bulldogs by defeated Cal Poly's Ben Donovan and Corey Pang (8-5) in the doubles championship round.
"Ethan and Niko also brought great energy in the doubles which was good to see," added Austin. "We're continuing to build confidence and improve with each day and the goal is to keep that up tomorrow."
Freshman John Darmstaedter and sophomore Adriaan DuToit also exceled for Fresno State as they competed in day one of the ITA All-American Championships. Darmstaedter dominated Brandon Champagne of Oklahoma State(6-1, 6-1) and DuToit beat Austin Peay's Dimitar Ristovsky (6 -2, 6-3).
"We had a great start to the tournament with two solid wins," said Fresno State graduate assistant coach James McKie. "I was very impressed by the level of tennis today, we have big goals for this tournament and it is important that we take it one match at a time."
The Bulldogs conclude their three-day home invitational Sunday morning, Sept. 29 at 10 a.m., while Darmstaedter and DuToit continue singles action at the ITA All-American Championships. Complete results of the Men's ITA All-American Championships are available here.
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