No. 14 Fresno State Returns Home For 6-1 Victory
Courtney Jantz moved up to No. 5 in the singles lineup and posted a straight-set singles victory in Fresno State's win over Loyola Marymount.
Courtney Jantz moved up to No. 5 in the singles lineup and posted a straight-set singles victory in Fresno State's win over Loyola Marymount.

March 6, 2004

FRESNO, Calif. - Playing a home match for the first time since January, 14th-ranked Fresno State had no problem familiarizing itself with the Wathen Tennis Center on Saturday in a 6-1 victory over 72nd-ranked Loyola Marymount.

The victory was the sixth in seven matches for the Bulldogs (7-2), who were coming off a stretch that saw them play seven matches in a row away from home, all but one coming against nationally-ranked opponent.

Fresno State jumped on top of Loyola Marymount (2-4) immediately, sweeping the doubles for a 1-0 lead. At No. 1, the team of Jelena Pandzic and Lucia Tallo improved to 6-2 (6-2 dual) in cruising past Carla Arguelles and Kimi Kaloi 8-2.

In singles, it was once again another walk in the park for the 29th-ranked Pandzic, who improved to 9-0 this year with a 6-0, 6-1 win over Arguelles at No. 1. Pandzic's domination since joining the team in January has been nothing short of breaktaking. In her nine wins, she has lost just one set. And in her last seven matches, she hast lost an average of only three games.

Included the freshman's dominating stretch are victories over second-ranked Raquel Kops-Jones of California and Amber Liu of Stanford, the reigning NCAA singles champion.

Three other Bulldogs won in straight sets. At No. 3, Katharina Wintherhalter ran her singles mark to 15-7 (5-3 dual) with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Kimi Kaloi. Lucia Sainz at No. 4 and Courtney Jantz at No. 5 also posted wins.

"It was nice to be back home, and it was nice to get a victory," said interim head coach Simon Thibodeau. "We had a very good month of February on the road, but it's always nice to be back at your own courts in front of your own fans. Defending your home court is something that is going to be very important for us as we keep trying to climb up in the rankings."



Tallo wrapped up the match with a 7-6 (5), 0-6, (10-8) victory at No. 2.

Fresno State was playing without No.4 singles player Vlatka Jovanovic, who missed the match due to illness.

Next up for the Bulldogs is a match at No. 62 San Diego on Saturday at 10 a.m.

No. 14 Fresno State def. No. 72 Loyola Marymount, 6-1
Doubles (Fresno State wins point)
1) Pandzic/Tallo (FS) def. Arguelles/Kaloi (LMU), 8-2
2) Sainz/Winterhalter (FS) def. Hubl/Fermin (LMU), 8-2
3) Jantz/Hanner (FS) def. J. Baker/Tamara Tanner (LMU), 8-4

1) #29 Jelena Pandzic (FS) def. Carla Arguelles (LMU), 6-0, 6-1
2) Lucia Tallo (FS) def. Robyn Baker (LMU), 7-6 (5), 0-6, (10-8)
3) Katharina Winterhalter (FS) def. Kimi Kaloi (LMU), 6-3, 6-3
4) Lucia Sainz (FS) def. Jennifer Baker (LMU), 6-3, 7-6 (2)
5) Courtney Jantz (FS) def. Patrycia Hubl (LMU), 6-3, 7-5
6) Serena Fermin (LMU) def. Megan Hanner (FS), 6-2, 6-3

Records: Fresno State (7-2); Loyola Marymount (2-4)
Time of Match: 3:14
Conditions: 70 degrees, sunny, light winds

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