No. 46 Men's Tennis Hopes For Call From NCAA
The Bulldogs will keep their fingers crossed until Wednesday's tournament selection show, at which point they discover their postseason fate.
May 3, 2004
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What's Coming Up
Having been upset in the first round of the WAC Tournament to Tulsa, 45th-ranked Fresno State now must wait until Wednesday to find out if will be invited to play in this year's NCAA Tournament, which is played May 14-16. The selection show airs Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. on ESPN News. The Bulldogs have made the NCAA's in nine of the last 10 years.
What Just Happened
The Bulldogs bowed out in the first round of the WAC Tournament with a 4-3 loss to No. 60 Tulsa. It marked just the second time in 11 league tournaments that Fresno State fell in its opening round match.
NCAA Tournament History
The Bulldogs have played in nine of the last 10 NCAA Tournaments, their lone absence coming in 2002. The program first appeared in the tournament in 1994 and proceeded to reel off bids in eight years in a row. After Fresno State slumped to a 7-16 record in that '02 season, it rebounded to make a return in 2003, eventually reaching the second round before falling to Stanford.. The Bulldogs are 13-9 all-time in the NCAA Tournament, including a 7-1 record in the first round. Fresno State's best finish came in 1996, when the team reached the Elite Eight before losing to top-seeded UCLA.
NCAA Tournament Information
The NCAA Tennis Tournament Selection Show will air on Wednesday on ESPN News between at 1:30 p.m. PT. Both the brackets and regional sites will be announced during the show. With their current ranking of No. 45, the Bulldogs are considered "on the bubble" for an invitation. Last year, Fresno State was ranked 41st but played in the NCAA's, traveling to Stanford for its first and second round matches.
Perfect Home Record
Fresno State's two wins over UC Irvine and Pacific April 17-18 capped an unbeaten home record. The Bulldogs went 11-0 at the Wathen Tennis Center this year, the first time since 1999 they did not lose a home match. Since the opening of the facility in 1998, Fresno State has gone 68-8 for a winning percentage of .895.