Feb. 15, 2005
Match #3: No. 51 San Diego (0-3) at No. 21 Fresno State (1-1)
Saturday, Feb. 19 -- noon -- Wathen Tennis Center
What's Coming Up
Fresno State returns home this week for one match at the Wathen Tennis Center. The 22nd-ranked Bulldogs (1-1) host No. 54 San Diego on Saturday at noon looking to continue their home winning streak, which currently stands at 15 in a row. It will be Fresno State's last home appearance since March 5.
What Happened Recently
The Bulldogs had their match with UC Irvine cancelled by rain before losing at No. 11 UCLA 7-0. It was the first time Fresno State has been shut out in a match since the 2001 season when the team fell at Stanford 7-0. The only Bulldog to extend their opponent to three sets was Lucia Sainz at No. 3. She fell to No. 122-ranked Alex McGoodwin 4-6, 7-6 (6), (10-6). As for the contest with UCI, there will be no make-up date scheduled.
Two New Bulldogs Highlight Lineup
With the departure of Vlatka Jovanovic (transferred) and Jelena Pandzic (ruled ineligible), two freshmen grace the Fresno State lineup this year. Jacqui Haskett and Masiyazi Fadzai come from two different continents to the Bulldogs and currently occupy the bottom two spots in the singles lineup as well as comprise the No. 3 doubles team. Haskett, who played some in the fall while battling some injuries, hails from Adelaide, Australia, and is 1-1 thus far in singles duals. Fadzai is from Harare, Zimbabwe, and joined the team in January. She sat out the first dual match against Santa Clara while waiting to be declared eligible and played No. 6 against UCLA on Saturday.
Not Much Action Yet
Despite moving into the middle of February this week, Fresno State has only played two matches thus far in 2005. The Bulldogs opened play Jan. 22 with a 6-1 victory over Santa Clara. They then didn't have another scheduled match until Feb. 11 at UC Irvine, a contest that was cancelled by rain. Showing some signs of rust, Fresno State finally took the court again Saturday and fell to No. 11 UCLA, 7-0. The reason for the lengthy layoff is because a hole was left in the schedule due to Fresno State's expected participation in the National Team Indoors on Feb. 3-6. But the Bulldogs were not selected for the event, meaning the team was forced to go nearly three weeks without playing a dual match. But things get busy next week when Fresno State plays four matches, all away from home.
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