Busy Week Ahead for Men's Tennis
Freshman John Darmstaedter
Freshman John Darmstaedter

Feb. 18, 2014

Weekly Match Notes Get Acrobat Reader

Pacific • Feb. 19, 2014 • 5 p.m.
Spalding G. Wathen Tennis Center • Fresno, Calif.
Fresno State (2-6, 0-1 MW) vs. Pacific (2-3, 0-0 WCC)
Series Record: Fresno State leads 24-0
Last Meeting: Feb. 23, 2013 (W: 4-3)

No. 69 New Mexico • Feb. 21, 2014 • 11 a.m.
Spalding G. Wathen Tennis Center • Fresno, Calif.
Fresno State (2-6, 0-1 MW) vs. New Mexico (10-3, 1-1 MW)
Series Record: Fresno State leads 12-6
Last Meeting: April 25, 2013 (W: 4-1)

UC Santa Barbara • Feb. 23, 2014 • 1 p.m.
Rob Gym Courts • Santa Barbara, Calif.
Fresno State (2-6, 0-1 MW) at UC Santa Barbara (2-4, 0-0 BW)
Series Record: Fresno State leads 18-4
Last Meeting: April 17, 2012 (W: 5-2)

Bulldog Bones

Busy Week Ahead for the Bulldogs
The Bulldogs (2-6) return to their home court this weekend for a pair of duals against Pacific and Mountain West opponent No. 69 New Mexico. Fresno State first faces Pacific (2-3) on Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 5 p.m., at Spalding G. Wathen Tennis Center. The 'Dogs then face-off against New Mexico at home again on Friday, Feb. 23 at 11 a.m. After two home matches this week, Fresno State is set to travel to UC Santa Barbara to take on the Gauchos on Sunday Feb. 23 at Rob Gym Courts at 1p.m.

About the Competition
The Pacific Tigers (2-3) are coming off of a two-match losing streak to the Bulldogs shared opponents, Oregon and New Mexico. Their last win was on Feb. 1, when they defeated Hawai'i 5-2. Pacific sophomore Sem Verbeek is ranked No. 95 in the country in the latest ITA Rankings. Fresno State dominates the all-time series over the Tigers 24-0.

No. 69 New Mexico (10-3) heads into Friday's dual with the Bulldogs on a two-match winning streak, with a 7-0 shutout against Northern Arizona and a commanding 6-1 win over conference foe Air Force. The Lobos' only losses of the season came from Utah, Boise State and Oregon. The Lobos defeated the Bulldogs twice last year in their first duals as conference opponents, though Fresno State leads New Mexico 12-6 all-time.

Santa Barbara (2-4) has lost their last two duals to Arizona and Hawai'I Pacific. The Gauchos are set to play USC on Friday Feb. 21 before hosting the Bulldogs on Sunday. Fresno State leads the Gauchos 18-4 all-time, the last time the 'Dogs fell to UCSB was in 2004.

Komati Named Fresno State Student-Athlete of the Week
Freshman Eric Komati was named Fresno State Sysco Student-Athlete of the week on Feb. 3, after winning three matches for the Bulldogs against Idaho and Oregon. He took his doubles match in the No. 2 spot over the Vandals and earned his singles point on court five in straight sets, helping Fresno State to a 6-1 win over Idaho on Feb. 1. The Sao Paulo, Brazil native then went on to win his singles point against No. 51 Oregon in the No. 3 spot the next day.

Austin welcomes the addition of four new Bulldogs to the roster this year. Freshman John Darmstaedter, Alexandros Georgios Vakouftsis, Eric Komati and Ethan Lopez will join the three returners for their first dual season with Fresno State this spring. Darmstaedter and Lopez joined the 'Dogs in August, 2013 and competed in all the fall tournaments while Komati and Vakouftsis are new additions this spring.

Austin Enters Second Season
Head coach Evan Austin enters his second season at the helm of the Fresno State men's tennis program. In his first year at the reigns, Austin led the Bulldogs to a fifth place finish in their first year in the Mountain West with a 2-4 record. Austin also guided the 'Dogs to their highest ITA ranking of No. 50, which came on Jan. 3, 2013. Under Austin's leadership one Bulldog was named to All-Mountain West singles team at the conclusion of season.

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