'Dogs Back at Home, Host Three Matches in Two Days
Sophomore Nikolas Papic
Sophomore Nikolas Papic

April 4, 2014

Weekly Match Notes Get Acrobat Reader

UC Irvine • April 5, 2014 • 12 p.m. PT
Spalding G. Wathen Tennis Center • Fresno, Calif.
Fresno State (7-8, 1-3 MW) vs. UC Irvine (9-13, 0-3 BW)
Series Record: Fresno State leads 1-0
Last Meeting: 2013 (W; 4-0)
Live Stats: GoBulldogs.com

Sonoma State • April 5, 2014 • 4:30 p.m. PT
Spalding G. Wathen Tennis Center • Fresno, Calif.
Fresno State (7-8, 1-3 MW) vs. Sonoma State (9-8)
Series Record: First Matchup

Air Force • April 6, 2014 • 11 a.m. PT
Spalding G. Wathen Tennis Center • Fresno, Calif.
Fresno State (7-8, 1-3 MW) vs. Air Force (11-5, 0-2 MW)
Series Record: Fresno State leads 4-0
Last Meeting: 2013 (W: 4-3)
Live Stats: GoBulldogs.com

Bulldog Bones

'Dogs Host Three Matches in Two Days
After a 10 day hiatus from competition, the Fresno State men's tennis team returns to Spalding G. Wathen Tennis Center to kick off its five match home stand with three matches this weekend. The Bulldogs first host UC Irvine and Sonoma State in a double header on Saturday before facing Air Force for a Mountain West dual on Sunday. Fresno State faces the Anteaters in a rain makeup game on Saturday at 12 p.m., and then take on the Seawolves directly afterwards at 4:30 p.m. Sunday's conference match is scheduled to start at 11 a.m.

About the Competition
UC Irvine (9-13, 0-3 BW) is set to face Fresno State on Saturday in a makeup match after the first scheduled dual was rained out in February. The Anteaters have lost their last three straight duals on the road, making up for a 1-8 road record this spring. Fresno State leads UC Irvine 1-0 all-time, the Bulldogs defeated UC Irvine 4-0 in the first ever matchup of the two teams last year.

Sonoma State (9-8) heads into its first ever matchup against Fresno State on a seven-match win streak. The Seawolves will first be tested as they dual at Fresno Pacific on Friday. Sonoma State is currently 1-4 on the road this spring. Junior Vincent Paganetti leads the Seawolves with a tea-high 10-5 dual record while 7-5 at No. 6 and 3-0 at No. 4.

Air Force (11-5, 0-2 MW) has recently lost three straight after starting the season 12-2. Senior Alex Grubbs continues to lead the team with 15 singles victories, followed closely by sophomore Andrew Parks with 14. Grubbs and Parks have each won a team-high 12 dual matches. In doubles, Grubbs and sophomore Jack McCullers are 12-3 this spring, including a 3-1 record at the No. 1 position and a 9-2 mark at the No. 2 spot. Fresno State leads Air Force 4-0 all-time, the Bulldogs defeated the Falcons 4-3 in their first season in the MW last year.

Bulldog Leaders
Sophomore Nikolas Papic leads the Bulldogs with a 9-4 dual record in singles play, he is 4-2 at No. 5 while 2-1 at the No. 6 slot. Papic and his doubles partner, freshman Ethan Lopez have a team-high record of 4-2 at No. 3. Senior Sam MacNeil and junior Sai Kartik Nakireddi are split at the top spot this spring. MacNeil is currently 4-4 at No. 1, while Kartik is 3-3.

Strong Singles Play
The Bulldogs have won five of its last seven duals backed behind strong singles play. Fresno State's last three victories were taken after dropping the doubles point early to its opponents. After being down 1-0 the 'Dogs came back to defeat UC Davis (5-2) Utah State (4-3) and Arizona (4-3).

Up Next
After three duals this weekend, Fresno State continues its five match home stand as they host UNLV (April 12) and Sacramento State (April 13) next weekend. The Bulldogs then hit the road to conclude regular season play with two Mountain West duals at Nevada (April 18) and Utah State (April 20) before hosting the MW Tennis tournament at Sierra Sport and Racquet Club April 23-27.

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