Sept. 29, 2013
By Kasandra Martinson
FRESNO, Calif. ---The Fresno State men's tennis team finished strong in the final day of the Bulldog Invitational at the Spalding G. Wathen Tennis Center on Sunday.
After going 3-0 in singles during the first two days of play, Bulldog teammates Sam MacNeil and Sai Kartik Nakireddi faced each other in the singles championship game on Sunday morning. In a close match, MacNeil came out on top scoring 6-1, 7-6(4) over Kartik Nakireddi.
"I'm really proud of Sam for a great run this weekend," said Fresno State head coach Evan Austin. " Both he and Sai have come back this year really committed to being leaders for our young guys and doing whatever they can to help the team. I look forward to them continuing the great work throughout the fall."
Freshman Ethan Lopez secured his fourth singles victory of the weekend with a win over Eric Cedarwall of Pacific in straight sets (6-4, 6-4). Papic finished round robin play with a loss to Ben Donovan of Cal Poly (7-6, 6-1).
While the Bulldogs concluded their home tournament, Fresno State freshman John Darmstaedter and sophomore Adriaan DuToit continued their second day of competition at the the ITA Men's All-American Championships in Tulsa, Okla., on Sunday.Darmstaedter took his first match of the day over UMBC's Melker Svard (6-0, 6-1). Darmstaedter went on to drop his second match of the day to Rodolfo Bustamante of TCU (6-3, 6-1). DuToit lost his singles match to Sam Shropshire of Northwestern (6-2, 6-2) to finish the tournament. Full results of the Men's ITA All-American Championships are available here.
"I think this was a great learning experience for both John and Adriaan," said graduate assistant coach James McKie. "They played some great matches and realized aspects of their game that they need to focus on. I have full confidence they will come back next year and progress further in the tournament."
The Bulldogs continue their fall tournament schedule at the UC Davis Fall Invite this Friday, Oct. 4 in Davis, Calif.
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