Football Season Opener
Fresno State and BYU Square Off for NCAA First Round
Fresno State will make its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament since 2004.
Fresno State will make its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament since 2004.

May 13, 2010

FRESNO, Calif. - No. 28 Fresno State looks to bring home its first NCAA Tournament victory since 2003 when it takes on the 34th-ranked BYU Cougars on Friday for the first round of the NCAA Regionals on the campus of USC in Los Angeles.

Fresno State brings an 18-9 record into the matchup with 11 wins against nationally-ranked opponents. BYU is 21-6 on the year with 10 wins against the nation's Top 75.

This is the first time the Bulldogs have faced the Cougars since 2004, but the squads were regulars on each others' schedule for years. From 1994-2004, they squared off eight times, with the 'Dogs gaining a 7-1 edge in that time period and 8-1 all-time.

Although the 'Dogs and the Cougars haven't played each other this year, they have eight common opponents. Both Fresno State went 8-1 against those opponents and BYU went 7-2. Fresno State was 4-0 on the season against the Mountain West and BYU was 2-0 against the WAC.

Both teams have a similar makeup without any ranked singles, but a solid lineup from 1-6. Fresno State does have a ranked doubles team in No. 23 Rikus de Villiers and Remi Boutillier.

The Bulldogs have won five of their last six matches, dating back to their April 10 5-2 victory over Sacramento State. All-WAC honorees Mirko Zapletal, de Villiers and Boutillier lead an experienced Fresno State lineup that features three seniors and two juniors.

BYU boasts five players with at least 25 wins on the season and are led by All-MWC selections Evan Urbina and Thomas Shubert. Cougar head coach Brad Pearce was named the 2010 MWC Coach of the Year.

The winner of the match will take on the victor of the match between Marist and defending NCAA Champion and fifth-ranked USC on Friday in Los Angeles.



"We Are Your Team" - Fresno State will square off against BYU on Friday, May 14 for the first round of the NCAA Tournament. For all the up to date information on Fresno State men's tennis stay logged on to

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