May 23, 2012 By Jason Clay
By Jason Clay
ATHENS, Ga. - Fresno State's No. 27-ranked senior Remi Boutillier defeated Duke's 38th-ranked Chris Mengel, 6-4, 6-4, Wednesday in the first round of the NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Singles Championships at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex.
Boutillier (22-3), the 2012 WAC Player of the Year, now advances onto the second round where he will face either No. 4 Jarmere Jenkins of Virginia or No. 36 Bradley Klahn of Stadford on Thursday.
Francis Alcantara, the other Bulldog competing in the singles championships, fell to Mississippi's No. 20-ranked Marcel Thiemann, 6-3, 7-6 (2), in the first round Wednesday. He ends his singles season with a 21-3 record.
Boutillier took the first set of his match by continuously holding off Mengel. After he took a 3-1 lead, Mengel came back to tie it at three games apiece and then again at four. However, after that Boutillier put the first set away to take the early lead in the match.
The second set started off with Boutillier and Mengel splitting the first nine games, with neither of the two winning consecutive games. At that point Boutillier held a 5-4 lead with Mengel serving to try to extend the match.
Mengel was unable to do so, as Boutillier was able to finally win consecutive games for the first time in the set to seal the first round victory.
Alcantara's match was an uphill battle after a slow start. Thiemann won the first set 6-3 and then won the first four games of set No. 2.
The Bulldog sophomore fought back to win the next three games and eventually held a 6-5 lead in the second set. However, Thiemann would send the set into the tiebreaker where he would eventually take the match.
Alcantara still has more tennis to be played in Athens though, as he and Boutillier start the doubles championships Thursday against Georgia Tech's third-seeded duo of Kevin King and Juan Spir.
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