Feb. 21, 2014
By Kasandra Martinson
By Kasandra Martinson
FRESNO, Calif. --- When it came down to the wire the Fresno State women's tennis team pulled through to defeat No. 63 Santa Clara 4-3 on Friday night at Spalding G. Wathen Tennis Center. With the score tied at 3-3, freshman Claire Yang clinched the victory in three sets at No. 6.
"We fought until the very end and it was a great win for us, going down to the last couple of matches," said Fresno State head coach Ryan Stotland. "We stepped up and Claire, our freshman, being in that situation for the first time in her life really held it together and really believed and followed our game plan. I was very proud of her. It doesn't get any bigger than coming through for your team for the first time."
With the score tied 3-3 the deciding match point came down to court number six were Yang was facing off with Bronco's Nicolette Wolny. After dropping the first set to Santa Clara, Yang won the tie breaker in the second to push the match into the final set. Yang then came from behind in the third to seal the dual for the Bulldogs.
"Overall it was awesome, it feels good to be back at home," said Fresno State head coach Ryan Stotland. "We had to dig ourselves back out of the hole to win this match and we didn't give up against a very good Santa Clara team."
After being down 1-0 the Bulldogs came together and fought to win three straight singles matches.
The 'Dogs started their singles surge with a win at No. 3, junior Aishwarya Agrawal won her point over Daniella Silva (6-0, 6-2) to tie the match for the first time. Minutes later Rana Sherif Ahmed claimed Fresno State's second point of the match at No. 2 with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Santa Clara's Chelby Cook. Sophomore Sofya Malysheva brought in the 'Dogs third straight point with a win at No. 5, putting the Bulldogs up 3-2.
The Bronco's No. 28 Katie Le then defeated No. 41 Sophie Watts at the top spot to gain to tie the dual. Yang's final point on court six clinched the Bulldogs first home victory of the season.
"I think today's win is going to carry a ton of momentum for our team," added Stotland. "We are very tough at home and we can play with anybody, and Boise State is a conference rival and we want to show up Sunday with a lot of fire."
The Bulldogs (3-7, 0-0 MW) next host Boise State for their first Mountain West match of the season on Sunday, Feb. 23 at 10 a.m.
Fresno State 4, No. 63 Santa Clara 3
1. #28 Katie Le (SC) def. #41 Sophie Watts (FS) 4-6, 6-1, 7-6 (7-3)
2. Rana Sherif Ahmed (FS) def. Chelby Cooke (SC) 6-2, 6-2
3. Aishwarya Agrawal (FS) def. Daniella Silva (SC) 6-0, 6-2
4. Delphine Rouvillois (SC) def. Anneka Watts (FS) 6-2, 6-2
5. Sofya Malysheva (FS) def. Stephanie Skaras (SC) 6-4, 6-2
6. Claire Yang (FS) def. Nicolette Wolny (SC) 2-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3
1. Katie Le/Daniella Silva (SC) def. Rana Sherif Ahmed/Aishwarya Agrawal (FS) 8-6
2. Anneka Watts/Sophie Watts (FS) def. Chelby Cooke/Delphine Rouvillois (SC) 8-2
3. Stephanie Skaras/Nicolette Wolny (SC) def. Sofya Malysheva/Tanya Murtagh (FS) 8-3
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (3,2,5,4,1,6)
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