April 12, 2013
By Stephanie Juncker
By Stephanie Juncker
FRESNO, Calif. ---The Fresno State men's tennis team will host No. 46 Boise State on Sunday at 12 p.m. in the Bulldogs home finale at the Spalding G. Wathen Tennis Center. The Bulldogs, 2-2 MW, sit in fourth place and will have the chance to overtake the third position with an upset victory over the Broncos, 2-1 MW.
About the Competition
Boise State (14-8) travels to Fresno coming off of having its eight match winning streak snapped by BYU in a close 4-3 match. The Broncos are set to take on UNLV in Las Vegas on Friday afternoon before traveling to Fresno. Junior Andy Bettles leads the Broncos and is ranked 33rd in the country. Bettles is 18-5 at the top spot and has six wins over nationally-ranked players on the year.
This will be the 25th meeting between the Bulldogs and Broncos with Fresno State leading the all-time series 16-8. Boise State, however, won the last meeting a year ago in a tight 4-3 match in Boise.
Last Time Out
Fresno State is coming off a Mountain West road trip during which they split the two meetings. In the first match, the 'Dogs picked up a 4-3 victory over Air Force which was fueled by freshman Felipe Fritz who knocked on the #75 player in the country to clinch the match for Fresno State. The Bulldogs then dropped their contest 7-0 to New Mexico to now sit at .500 in conference play.
Fritz on Fire
Freshman Felipe Fritz has been a hot spot in the Bulldogs lineup as he has won nine out of his last 11 singles matches. Five of the wins have come in three sets including his most recent win in which he clinched the match for Fresno State over Air Force at No. 1 for his first career win at the top spot. Fritz clinched the match for the Bulldogs by defeating the No. 75-ranked player in the ITA rankings in three extremely close sets, 7-5, 4-6, 6-4.
One Shy of Double Digits
Sophomore Reid deLaubenfels has anchored the top half of the lineup the entire year and is one win shy of ten on the year in singles. During his freshman campaign, he recorded a total of 14 singles wins which he has already surpassed with his 16 total singles wins this year.
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