Bulldogs Top Cal Poly 5-2 For Fourth Win in a Row
    Jacqui Haskett was one of four Bulldogs to win their singles match in straight sets in Fresno State's 5-2 win over Cal Poly on Saturday.
    Jacqui Haskett was one of four Bulldogs to win their singles match in straight sets in Fresno State's 5-2 win over Cal Poly on Saturday.

    April 16, 2005

    FRESNO, Calif. - Fresno State continued its strong run down the stretch by posting its fourth consecutive victory on Saturday afternoon, a 5-2 win over Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, Calif.

    The Bulldogs (12-8) begin postseason play next week with the WAC Tournament, hosted by the University of Hawaii in Honolulu. Fresno State is the three-time defending champion of the event, and based on recent results, the team is heading toward the end of the season playing as well as they have all year.

    Against the Mustangs (8-11), Fresno State struggled in doubles but still managed to win two of the three matches. The team then cruised in singles in improving to 12-2 all-time against Cal Poly, which lost its fifth straight.

    "All you can ask for as a coach is for your team to be playing well at the end of the year, and that's what it appears we are doing right now," head coach Simon Thibodeau said. "Cal Poly gave us a tough time in doubles, but we kept our composure and pulled through, and that's something you like to see because there are many more tough matches coming up."

    Two of the doubles matches were decided by tiebreakers, with each team winning one. At No. 2, the team of Lucia Tallo and Jacqui Haskett fought out a 9-8 (4) victory over Chelsy Thompson and Noelle Lee. The Bulldogs also picked up a doubles win at the No. 1 spot, where 43rd-ranked Courtney Jantz and Lucia Tallo defeated Samantha Waller and Nicole Shabaz 9-7. It was the 25th victory of the year for Jantz and Tallo, including the 15th in dual matches.

    Singles were a walk in the park for four Bulldogs. Katharina Winterhalter, Lucia Sainz, Courtney Jantz and Jacqui Haskett all barely broke a sweat in posting straight-set wins. At No. 1, the 92nd-ranked Winterhalter continued her dominating play of late by disposing of Waller 6-0, 6-2. The junior has lost only nine games in her last four singles matches, all wins.

    Combined, the foursome dropped only 16 games between them in their victories.

    Before entering postseason play, Fresno State has one more order of business -- a home match Sunday against Pacific. It will be the final appearance at the Wathen Tennis Center for seniors Jantz and Lucia Tallo, who both will be honored with in a pre-match ceremony beginning at 11:50 a.m., just prior to the noon match.

    No. 58 Fresno State def. Cal Poly, 5-2
    Doubles (Fresno State wins point)
    1) #43 Jantz/Sainz (FS) def. Waller/Shabaz (CP), 9-7
    2) Tallo/Haskett (FS) def. Thompson/Lee (CP), 9-8 (4)
    3) Billingsley/Erickson (CP) def. Masiyazi/Winterhalter (FS), 9-8 (4)

    1) #92 Katharina Winterhalter (FS) def. Samantha Waller (CP), 6-0, 6-2
    2) Chelsy Thompson (CP) def. Lucia Tallo (FS), 7-5, 2-6, (12-10)
    3) Lucia Sainz (FS) def. Noelle Lee (CP), 6-1, 6-1
    4) Courtney Jantz (FS) def. Carol Erickson (CP), 6-1, 6-4
    5) Jacqui Haskett (FS) def. Nicole Shabaz (CP), 6-4, 6-3
    6) Sheila Lewis (CP) def. Fadzai Masiyazi (FS), 6-3, 6-1

    Records: Fresno State (12-8); Cal Poly (8-11)



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