`Dogs Battle Buckeyes in Home Opener
    Senior Anastasia picked up a victory over the No. 53 player in the country, Kirsten Flowers.
    Senior Anastasia picked up a victory over the No. 53 player in the country, Kirsten Flowers.

    Jan. 30, 2010

    FRESNO, Calif. - No. 15 Fresno State gained valuable experience on Saturday when it met with No. 38 Ohio State, as the Buckeyes collected a 6-1 victory in their first-ever appearance at the Spalding G. Wathen Tennis Center.

    No. 4 Anastasia Petukhova battled back to pick up a 4-6, 6-3, (10-7) super-tiebreaker victory over No. 53 Kirsten Flower.

    The Buckeyes won the doubles point and five of the six singles matches.

    "Give credit to Ohio State, they came here ready to compete," Fresno State head coach Simon Thibodeau said. "They are a team that is much better than their ranking."

    Senior Renata Kucerkova and freshman Olga Kirpicheva push their matches to a super-tiebreaker set also.

    The Bulldogs will face 26th-ranked Virginia on Sunday at 10 a.m. at the Wathen Tennis Center. The Buckeyes will meet No. 25 Florida State for the right to go to the ITA National Team Indoors Sweet 16.

    Jan. 30, 2010 - Fresno, Calif.

    No. 38 Ohio State 6, No. 15 Fresno State 1

    Doubles (Ohio State won the doubles point)
    1. Petukhova/Kucerkova (FS) vs. Haviland/Hubbs (OSU), DNF
    2. Escobedo/Keesey (OSU) def. Pola/Kirpicheva (FS), 8-3
    3. Flower/Steele (OSU) def. McQueen/Modoc (FS), 8-5
    Order of Completion: 2, 3

    1. No. 4 Anastasia Petukhova (FS) def. No. 53 Kirsten Flower (OSU), 4-6, 6-3, (10-4)
    2. Paloma Escobedo (OSU) def. Renata Kucerkova (FS), 6-4, 2-6, (11-9)
    3. Christina Keesey (OSU) def. Olga Kirpicheva (FS), 7-6 (7-3), 6-2, (10-8)
    4. Kelsey Haviland (OSU) def. Laura Pola (FS), 6-4, 6-2
    5. Gabby Steele (OSU) def. Bianca Modoc (FS), 6-3, 6-2
    6. Fidan Manashirova (OSU) def. Julia Gragera-Cano (FS), 6-4, 6-0
    Order of Completion: 6, 4, 5*, 1, 2, 3



    "We Are Your Team" - Come cheer on the Bulldogs as they welcome Saint Mary's to the Wathen Tennis Center on Feb. 5. For all the up to date information on Fresno State men's tennis stay logged on to gobulldogs.com.

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