Fresno State Edges 20th-ranked William and Mary, 4-3
March 8, 2006
FRESNO, Calif. - Freshman Magdalena Tokarska rallied from one set down and won the deciding match in Fresno State's 4-3 victory over No. 20 William and Mary. The women's tennis team, ranked 35th in the NCAA, began a five-match home stand by beating former coach Kevin Epley. Fresno State improved to 7-5 with the victory, while William and Mary fell to 9-3.
"We played better in singles today than we have the past few matches," said head coach Simon Thibodeau. "I knew we had a good chance in doubles and the ladies played tough at all three spots in the lineup. The seniors really showed up today, and Magda and Bruna fought hard."
Fresno State won all three doubles matches, including a close battle at No. 1 doubles between seventh-ranked Lucia Sainz and Katharina Winterhalter, and the Tribe's Barbara Zidek and Katarina Zoricic.
In singles, Sainz and Winterhalter dominated at No. 4 and No. 2, respectively. The Bulldogs led 3-1, but wins for William and Mary and No. 1 and No. 6 singles tied the score at three. That is when Tokarska, who lost the first set, prevailed convincingly in three sets to give the Bulldogs a crucial victory.
The Bulldogs continue dual match play in the Wathen Tennis Center this Saturday when Pennsylvania comes to town at 11 a.m.
NCAA Women's Tennis (Non-Conference)
# 35 Fresno State def. # 20 William & Mary, 4-3
Doubles (Fresno State wins doubles point)
1) Megan Moulton-Levy (WM) def. Melanie Gloria (FS), 6-2, 7-5
2) Katharina Winterhalter (FS) def. Katarina Zoricic (WM), 6-4, 6-1
3) Megan Muth (WM) def. Jacqueline Haskett (FS), 6-1, 6-1
4) Lucia Sainz (FS) def. Emmy Fritz-Krockow (WM), 6-3, 6-2
5) Magdalena Tokarska (FS) def. Klaudyna Kasztelaniec (WM), 5-7, 6-1, 6-3
6) Lingda Yang (WM) def. Bruna Paes (FS), 7-6 (5), 6-4
Order of completion: 3, 4, 2, 1, 6, 5