April 28, 2012
LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The No. 51 Fresno State women's tennis team fell to No. 61 Hawai'i, 4-3, in a nail biter of a match on Saturday at the NM State Tennis Complex.
The Bulldogs (21-4) lost the doubles point to Hawai'i (14-6) in a 2-1 decision. Senior Laura Pola and sophomore Marianne Jodoin started the day with an 8-5 loss to Hawaii's Barbara Pinterova and Jamie Pawid at the No. 1 spot. At No. 3 doubles, juniors Olga Kirpicheva and Melissa McQueen defeated Martina Kostalova and Aglae Van den Bergh, 8-5, to even the score.
However, the `Dogs lost at No. 2 when junior Bianca Modoc and freshman Aishwarya Agrawal suffered a 8-3 defeat to Katarina Poljakova and Xenia Suworowa sending the Bulldogs into singles with a 1-0 deficit.
In singles, Hawai'i continued to gain momentum as Poljakova topped Agrawal, 7-5, 6-1, at the No. 2 spot and Pawid defeated Kirpicheva, 6-2, 6-1, at No. 3 bringing Hawai'i one point away from the sought after WAC title. However, 41st-ranked singles player Jodoin had other plans. She bested Pinterova, 6-2, 6-3, to inject energy back into the Bulldog team.
At No.4, McQueen topped Kostalova in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4. Then Modoc came from behind at the No. 5 spot to defeat Suworowa, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4, to even the score and send the deciding match to No. 6 singles. Freshman Anne Susdorf started strong for the Bulldogs, taking the first set, 6-4, but Hawaii's Van den Bergh came from behind to clinch the Hawai'i victory, 7-5, 6-2.
Though the Bulldogs fell short of their final WAC championship goal, Head coach Simon Thibodeau was proud.
"We improved a lot this season and I am very proud of our young team," Thibodeau said. "We came very close to winning the WAC despite our team injuries. "
This marked the Bulldogs' 12th visit to the WAC finals and only the second Runner-up title within that time despite late season injuries from juniors Olga Kirpicheva and Melissa McQueen and sophomore Tanya Murtagh, who did not play in the tournament.
"Now our faith is in the hands of the NCAA tournament selection committee and we hope we make it to the tournament," Thibodeau said.
#61 Hawai`i 4, #51 Fresno State 3
Las Cruces, N.M.
(NM State Tennis Complex)
1. Marianne Jodoin (FS) def. Barbara Pinterova (UH) 6-2, 6-3
2. Katarina Poljakova (UH) def. Aishwarya Agrawal (FS) 7-5, 6-1
3. Jamie Pawid (UH) def. Olga Kirpicheva (FS) 6-2, 6-1
4. Melissa McQueen (FS) def. Martina Kostalova (UH) 6-3, 6-4
5. Bianca Modoc (FS) def. Xenia Suworowa (UH) 2-6, 6-4, 6-4
6.. Aglae Van den Bergh (UH) def. Anne Susdorf (FS), 4-6, 7-5, 6-2
1. Barbara Pinterova/Jamie Pawid (UH) def. Laura Pola/Marianne Jodoin (FS) 8-5
2. Katarina Poljakova/Xenia Suworowa (UH) def. Aishwarya Agrawal/Bianca Modoc (FS) 8-3
3. Melissa McQueen/Olga Kirpicheva (FS) def. Martina Kostalova/Aglae Van den Bergh (UH) 8-5
Hawai`i 14-6; National ranking #61
Fresno State 20-5; National ranking #51
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (3,2,1,4,5,6)
WAC Tournament Women's Championship Match
Victoria Lozano, Idaho
Manon Sylvain, New Mexico State
Martina Kostalova, Hawai`i
Jamie Pawid, Hawai`i
Bianca Modoc, Fresno State
Marianne Jodoin, Fresno State
Michelle Okhremchuk and Emma Verberne, Nevada
Barbara Pinterova and Jamie Pawid, Hawai`i
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