Women's Tennis Celebrates Senior Day
Senior Laura Pola said goodbye to the Spalding G. Wathen Tennis Center on Sunday.
Senior Laura Pola said goodbye to the Spalding G. Wathen Tennis Center on Sunday.

April 22, 2012

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

Fresno, Calif.

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


Match notes

Fresno State 13-8, National ranking #48

LMU 8-15

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