April 22, 2012 By Kate Whitney
By Kate Whitney
FRESNO, Calif. - The No. 48 Fresno State women's tennis team celebrated its last home match of the season with a 5-2 defeat over LMU at the Spalding G. Wathen Tennis Center on Sunday.
The `Dogs (13-8) also recognized the four-year career of Senior Laura Pola at an emotional ceremony in front of a faithful crowd during the break in between singles and doubles play.
"I want to congratulate Laura on a great career at Fresno State," Head coach Simon Thibodeau said. "She has contributed a lot to the program throughout the years and will be missed."
After the ceremony Pola gave a tearful speech to her teammates and the crowd.
"I'm extremely grateful for this experience," Pola said. "I feel so blessed to have been a part of this team and for Coach Thibodeau. I don't think my experience in college tennis would have been the same without him."
In doubles, the Bulldogs swept the Lions (8-15) at all positions to take the lead 1-0. Juniors Melissa McQueen and Olga Kirpicheva defeated Claudia Razzeto and Logan Finnell, 8-2, at No. 3 doubles. Sophomore Marianne Jodoin and Pola clinched the doubles point at No. 1 with an 8-5 defeat of Ashley Anderson and Miya Jin.
In the summer-like heat the `Dogs slowly but surely continued on with their quest to earn their last win of the regular season. McQueen started it off for the Bulldogs with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Jin at the No. 3 spot. Freshman Aishwarya Agrawal began strong at No. 2 but retired the match in the second set due to dehydration.
Junior Bianca Modoc followed up at No. 4 singles with a 6-4, 6-0 defeat of Reka Rohonyi and 42nd-ranked singles player, Jodoin clinched the Bulldog win at No. 1 when she topped Razzeto, 6-1, 6-1. Pola fell to Anderson, 6-2, 7-6 (2), at No.5. Freshman Anne Susdorf wrapped up the match for the `Dogs with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Ana Lucia Fuentes at the No. 6 spot.
"It may not have been a pretty win, but we are glad to be ending the season with a 13-8 record and excited to compete at our highest level in the post season," Thibodeau said.
Though this was a day for recognition and reflection, the Bulldogs are resting their rackets yet. The `Dogs travel to Las Cruces, N.M. for the WAC Championships starting this Thursday, April 26 with the hope of adding another WAC title to their long list of accomplishments.
#48 Fresno State 5, LMU 2
Spalding G. Wathen Tennis Center
1. #42 Marianne Jodoin (FS) def. Claudia Razzeto (LMU), 6-1, 6-1
2. Elisaveta Pironkova (LMU) def. Aishwarya Agrawal (FS), 2-6, 2-0 ret.
3. Melissa McQueen (FS) def. Miya Jin (LMU), 6-3, 6-1
4. Bianca Modoc (FS) def. Reka Rohonyi (LMU), 6-4, 6-0
5. Ashley Anderson (LMU) def. Laura Pola (FS), 6-2, 7-6 (2)
6. Anne Susdorf (FS) def. Ana Lucia Fuentes (LMU), 6-3, 6-3
1 Jodoin/Pola (FS) def. Anderson /Jin (LMU), 8-5
2. Modoc/Agrawal (FS) def. Pironkova/Rohonyi (LMU), 8-6
3. McQueen/Kirpicheva (FS) def. Razzeto/Finnell (LMU), 8-2
Fresno State 13-8, National ranking #48
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