Bulldogs Take On No. 1 USC
Mirko Zapletal and the Bulldogs are prepped for a collision with No. 1 USC on Friday.
Mirko Zapletal and the Bulldogs are prepped for a collision with No. 1 USC on Friday.

Feb. 11, 2010

FRESNO, Calif. - No. 26 Fresno State's already-formidable schedule received another upgrade by qualifying for the ITA National Team Indoors Sweet 16 and drawing defending national champion and top-ranked USC on Friday in Charlottesville, Va.

The Bulldogs are 7-1 on the season and earned a berth for National Indoors by knocking off then-No. 12 Texas A&M in College Station, Texas, for the first qualifying round, then swept then-No. 34 Rice, 4-0, the following day.

Fresno State boasts the No. 83 singles player in the country, David Ayoun. The freshman from Ceteil, France, is 13-3 on the year and a perfect 6-0 in the spring portion of the season.

The 'Dogs also feature two ranked doubles teams - No. 20 Mirko Zapletal and Taylor Leiby and No. 36 Remi Boutillier and Rikus de Villiers.

The Trojans return five of the six players of their national championship lineup from a year ago. USC is currently 6-0 and have six singles players nationally ranked, including the No. 1 player in the country, Steve Johnson.

This will be the first meeting between the two schools since the Trojans picked up a 5-2 victory in 2007. Fresno State is 4-16 all-time against USC.

Trojan coach Peter Smith has a personal connection to the Bulldogs, as he was the Fresno State head coach from 1991-97 and led the 'Dogs to a No.6 final ranking in 1996.

Depending on the Sweet 16 results, the 'Dogs will face either No. 8 Texas or No. 9 Stanford on Saturday. Fresno State is guaranteed at least three matches against Top 25 opponents over the weekend.

You can follow along with live scoring on Virginia's web site at http://www.virginiasports.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=88813&SPID=10610&DB_OEM_ID=17800&ATCLID=204875793



"We Are Your Team" - Come cheer on the Bulldogs against the No. 29 Boise State Broncos on Feb. 20 at the Spalding G. Wathen Tennis Center. For all the up to date information on Fresno State men's tennis stay logged on to gobulldogs.com.

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