March 6, 2014
UC Davis March 8, 2014 1 p.m.
Spalding G. Wathen Tennis Center Fresno, Calif.
Fresno State (4-7, 0-2 MW) vs. UC Davis (5-5, 1-0 BW)
Series Record: Fresno State leads 13-0
Last Meeting: April 7, 2012 (W: 6-1)
'Dogs Host UC Davis on Saturday
After a week off from competition, the Fresno State men's tennis team (4-7, 0-2 MW) returns home to Spalding G. Wathen Tennis Center on Saturday, March 8 to host UC Davis for a nonconference dual match at 1 p.m. The Bulldogs have one won two of their last three matches played and are 2-0 against schools from the Big West this season with 4-3 wins over Cal Poly and UC Santa Barbara.
About the Aggies
UC Davis (5-5, 0-1 BW) enters the dual match with the 'Dogs following a 7-0 sweep over Villanova on March 2. The Aggies are 1-3 away from home this season and are set to close out their road stand in Fresno after being away since Feb. 15. Brett Bacharach leads UC Davis with a 6-3 dual match record in Nos. 2-5 positions in the lineup. Fresno State has never lost to UC Davis, leading the Aggies 13-0 all-time.
With 11 matches down, the Bulldogs have completed over half of their 2014 schedule with a 4-7 overall record. Two of the four wins have come in Fresno State's last three dual matches. After facing UC Davis on Saturday, the 'Dogs are on the road for three matches against Utah State, Arizona and Boise State. The Bulldogs then return home for a four-game home stand during the month of April.
Papic Stepping Up For The Bulldogs
Sophomore Nikolas Papic went a perfect 5-for-5 in Fresno State's last three matches, helping the Bulldogs to two wins over Pacific and UCSB. His doubles victory against Pacific helped clinch the doubles point for the 'Dogs, starting the momentum for the 6-1 win on Feb. 19 over the Tigers. He then went 2-2 against MW opponent No. 69 New Mexico in a narrow 4-3 loss two days later. Papic was the driving force behind the Bulldogs road win over UCSB on Feb. 23 as he went 2-for-2 against the Gauchos. He helped seal the doubles point with his win at No. 3, and then with the score tied at 3-3, Papic stepped up big for the Bulldogs to clinch his point straight sets at No. 4 for a Fresno State 4-3 win over UCSB. Papic is 6-3 in singles dual play while currently on a three-match win streak. Papic and his doubles partner, freshman Ethan Lopez are 4-1 at No. 3 and are currently on a three-match win streak.
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.
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