Nov. 4, 2012
By Stephanie Juncker
By Stephanie Juncker
FRESNO, Calif. --- The Fresno State women's tennis team finished the 13th Annual Bulldog Classic Sunday at the Spalding G. Wathen Tennis Center with a great showing in the finals. The 'Dogs ended the tournament with two champions and two runner-ups.
"It was a good fall season as everyone got better every single week in and week out," said head coach Ryan Stotland. "It was a great way to end with winning half of the hardware, which is very difficult to do in any tournament. We had someone representing us in every final and we took home a championship. I am very happy with how everyone competed and we keep getting better which is what is going to lead us to our ultimate goal of winning a conference championship."
The day began with the semifinals of doubles with Fresno State having a doubles pair in each semi. The duo of Aishwarya Agrawal and Olga Kirpicheva dominated their opponents 8-3 and moved onto the finals. In the other semi, seniors Bianca Modoc and Melissa McQueen ran into a hot Nevada team who ruined any chance of an all Bulldog final by winning 8-4.
In the finals, Agrawal and Kirpicheva put up a good fight against a Nevada duo that had only given up a maximum of four games in a single set, but were unable to pull out the upset against the top seed, falling 8-6.
Singles action followed doubles, in which Fresno State had a finalist in all three final matches.
In the Flight B Finals, Sophomore Anne Susdorf dominated her opponent 6-0, 6-2 to capture the Flight B Championship. McQueen represented the 'Dogs in the Flight A Final after winning two extremely hard fought matches on Day 2. McQueen ran into the top seed of the tournament from Nevada in the finals and was unable to pull off the upset, falling 6-0, 6-1.
Kirpicheva was a finalist in the Flight A Consolation final, and was awarded the victory by default when her competitor could not play.
Modoc also jumped in on the singles action, netting a solid 6-3, 6-3 victory over Montana's Gbadamosi.
The conclusion of the Bulldog Classic ends Fresno State's fall season. The 'Dogs will be back in action Jan. 18-20 as they travel to Berkeley, Calif. for the California Winter Invite. The first home match will come at the end of February when the Bulldogs host Sacramento State on Friday, Feb. 22 at 1 p.m. at the Spalding G. Wathen Tennis Center.
"We hope to have everyone's support as we are going to keep working hard and will be ready to go in January," said Stotland.
Women's Open Doubles
NEV Okhremchuck/Verbene d. FS McQueen/Modoc - 8-4
FS Agrawal/Kirpicheva d. SM Flores/Liljekvist - 8-3
NEV Okhremchuck/Verbene d. FS Agrawal/Kirpicheva- 8-6
Women's Flight A Singles
NEV Okhremchuck d.FS McQueen- 6-0, 6-2
Women's Flight A Singles Consolation
FS Kirpicheva d.UM Pelchat- Withdraw
Women's Flight B Singles
FS Susdorf d. PAC Boncheva- 6-0, 6-2
Singles Back Draw
FS Modoc d. UM Gbadamosi- 6-3, 6-3
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