The Bulldogs look to tack onto a 19-match home court winning streak against SCU on Friday at 2 p.m. and then against WAC foe Rice on Sunday at 11 a.m.
Feb. 23, 2005
Weekly Notes (PDF)
Match #8: Santa Clara (4-4) at No. 55 Fresno State (6-1)
Friday, Feb. 25 -- 2 p.m. -- Wathen Tennis Center
Match #9: No. 33 Rice (5-2) at No. 55 Fresno State (6-1)
Sunday, Feb. 27 -- 11 a.m. -- Wathen Tennis Center
What's Coming Up
Fresno State (6-1) hosts two matches this week hoping to keep its home winning streak alive. On Friday, the 55th-ranked Bulldogs welcome Santa Clara to the Wathen Tennis Center for a match that begins at 2 p.m. Then on Sunday, Fresno State takes on 25th-ranked Rice at 11 a.m. The Bulldogs have won 19 consecutive matches at home, dating back to a loss in April 2003.
What Just Happened
Fresno State won one match and had two others rained out. On Wednesday, the Bulldogs improved to 6-1 on the year with a 6-0 victory over Sacramento State at the Wathen Tennis Center. Jakub Cech at No. 1 singles led five straight-set wins for Fresno State, which won for the 19th time in a row at home. Unfortunately, that was the only match the Bulldogs played last week. Their road trip to San Diego - on which they were scheduled to play the University of San Diego and San Diego State - was cancelled due to rains expected in Southern California. No make-up dates have been scheduled for the matches.
Opponents Better Cech Themselves
Jakub Cech's match-clinching three-set victory against No. 58 Old Dominion just added to his incredible start to the spring. The sophomore's 1-6, 6-3, 6-1 victory over Henrique Cancado improved his record to 6-0 in singles dual matches (and 9-3 overall). He has lost only two sets in his six matches and has added solid play in doubles, as well. With partner Sergiu Modoc, Cech has gone 4-1 in doubles duals.
Home Winning Streak at 19
Fresno State's home winning streak reached 19 with its 6-0 victory over Sacramento State last week. The Bulldogs will put their success at the Wathen Tennis Center on the line this week with home matches against Santa Clara on Friday and then 25th-ranked Rice on Sunday. Fresno State is 72-8 (.902) at the tennis center since its inception in 1998.
This Week's Opponents
Fresno State is facing one familiar opponent and one not so familiar this week. The Bulldogs are 13-0 all-time against fellow Northern California school Santa Clara but have only played Rice once, that being a 5-2 loss last year in Houston. The No. 25 Owls are the highest ranked team to play in Fresno since No. 10 Washington last year.