Feb. 24, 2004
FRESNO, Calif. - The Fresno State women's tennis team vaulted to No. 14 while the men moved up to No. 31 in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings, released today.
The women's team (3-1) made a jump from 21st to 14th by virtue of their 4-2 victory over then-No. 4 California on Saturday. It marked the first ever win for Fresno State over the Golden Bears and the highest ranked team the Bulldogs have ever defeated.
The No. 14 ranking is the highest Fresno State has been since it was ninth in February 2002. The highest ever ranking for the Bulldogs was No. 8, achieved during the 2000-01 season.
In the individual rankings, Jelena Pandzic debuted at No. 29. The freshman sensation has won all four of her matches since joining the team in January, including a very impressive 6-3, 6-2 victory over second-ranked Raquel Kops-Jones of California on Saturday.
The women travel to Las Vegas this weekend to participate in the UNLV Invitational. Fresno State's first match in the tournament comes against Boston College on Friday at 10 a.m.
The men (5-4), which have won three in a row, rose to No. 31 thanks to a 4-3 upset victory over then-10th-ranked Washington on Friday. It marks the team's highest ranking since the end of the 2000-01 season.
In the individual poll, top singles player Greg Shearer made an appearance at 86th. He is the only Bulldog in the singles or doubles rankings.
Fresno State does play again until March 6 when it takes on No. 34 Boise State at the Wathen Tennis Center.
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