Bulldogs Host TCU on Friday in Pivotal Dual Match
March 20, 2008
FRESNO, Calif. - The Fresno State men's tennis team will begin a five-match homestand on Friday with a pivotal dual match against the Texas Christian Horned Frogs. The contest will begin promptly at 1 p.m. in the Wathen Tennis Center and the Bulldogs will be ready to fire on all cylinders as the stretch run of the season commences.
"We're excited to be back at home for such an important match," said head coach Jay Udwadia. "TCU is very talented and we're counting on our fans to give us that extra boost on Friday."
The outcome of this match is likely to have great implications in the college tennis rankings. Fresno State enters the match with a 9-6 record, but is a perfect 8-0 at home. TCU, meanwhile, is No. 28 in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings and owns a 12-4 overall record. However, TCU is 1-3 on the road and with Fresno State's impeccable record in the Wathen Tennis Center, the Bulldogs could make things very tough for the Horned Frogs.
The last time a highly-ranked opponent invaded the Wathen Tennis Center, Western Athletic Conference foe Boise State was sent packing as the Bulldogs upset the Broncos 4-2.
On Friday, each point figures to be critical. When the `Dogs upset Boise State, the match had begun with singles due to rain. The match was halted because of the weather with the contest locked at 3-3. But when play resumed the following day, Fresno State took control and won without having to begin doubles competition.
The doubles point, however, could prove to be the most significant point in this battle. Fresno State has won the doubles point in six possible opportunities at home, while TCU has lost the doubles point in three of its four losses this year.
Junior Rudolf Siwy enters the match with a No. 104 ranking in singles, while TCU's Cosmin Cotet owns a No. 29 ranking. The Horned Frogs' Kriegler Brink and Cotet are ranked No. 45 in doubles.
Friday's match will be the first of Fresno State's final six matches at home this season. Admission is free.