No. 31 Men's Tennis Wraps Up Homestand This Weekend
Winners of three in a row, the Bulldogs look to continue their roll this week against No. 34 Boise State and Santa Clara.
March 1, 2004
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Match 10: #34 Boise State (9-3) at #31 Fresno State (5-4)
Saturday, March 6 -- 2 p.m. -- Wathen Tennis Center
Match 11: Santa Clara (4-5) at #31 Fresno State (5-4)
Sunday, March 7 -- 1 p.m. -- Wathen Tennis Center
What's Coming Up
Fresno State (5-4) returns to the court this week to host two matches at home. The 31st-ranked Bulldogs take on No. 34 Boise State on Saturday at 2 p.m., then the next day play against Santa Clara at 1 p.m. Both matches will take place at the Wathen Tennis Center.
What Just Happened
The Bulldogs have not played since Feb. 20, when they pulled off a 4-3 upset of 10th-ranked Washington. It marked the highest ranked team Fresno State has defeated since April 2001, when it took out No. 8 SMU in the semifinals of the WAC Tournament. The Bulldogs were slated to play San Diego on Feb. 22 but were rained out.
All-Time vs. Next Week's Opponents
Fresno State holds a commanding lead over both of this week's opponents. The Bulldogs are 11-2 all-time against Boise State, including a 4-3 victory in Boise last year. Against Santa Clara, Fresno State has never lost in the previous 12 meetings. The two schools hooked up earlier this year in Santa Clara, a 4-3 victory for the Bulldogs.
Shearer Debuts in Rankings
The emergence of Greg Shearer this season as a legitimate No. 1 singles player has been a nice addition to the Fresno State lineup. He has gone 11-8 overall and 5-4 in dual matches, with most of his opponents being nationally ranked. A junior, Shearer's success has been awarded with a national ranking of No. 86. Shearer saw great success in a three-match stretch earlier this year when he won three consecutive dual matches against ranked opponents.
Charles is in Charge
Fresno State's lineup saw a change for the better with the addition of Charles Irie prior to the team's home match against No. 73 BYU on Feb. 12. Irie, a freshman from the Ivory Coast, joined the team just prior to the match with the Cougars and has paid immediate dividends. He has gone 3-0 in singles, including a three-set victory at No. 4 against No. 10 Washington that spurred the Bulldogs' 4-3 upset win.