Bulldogs Upset No. 50 Georgia State, 4-3
March 2, 2012 By Kate Whitney
By Kate Whitney
FRESNO, Calif. - The Fresno State women's tennis defeated No. 50 Georgia State, 4-3, Friday afternoon at the Spalding G. Wathen Tennis Center.
The Bulldogs (3-5) brought their fighting spirit against the Panthers (6-3) in a close battle in doubles competition. The `Dogs swept Georgia State on all three courts.
Juniors Melissa McQueen and Bianca Modoc were the first to earn a Bulldog victory when they bested Tereza Lerova and Whitney Byrd, 9-7, at No. 2 doubles. Senior Laura Pola and freshman Aishwarya Agrawal came from behind to defeat Masa Grgan and Martina Ondrackova, 9-7, at the No. 3 spot to clinch the doubles point for the `Dogs. At No. 1 doubles, Marianne Jodoin and Olga Kirpicheva were pushed by the Panthers' duo, Abigail Tere-Apishah and Maryna Kozachenko but pulled out the win in a tiebreaker, 9-8 (3).
The Bulldogs' fighting spirit continued into the back-and-forth battle in singles play. At No. 3 singles Agrawal started the `Dogs off with a win over Byrd, 6-3, 6-2. The Panthers answered back at the No. 5 spot when Grgan bested Modoc, 6-3, 6-3. Sophomore Tanya Murtagh came back for the Bulldogs at No. 6 with her victory over Chaimaa Roudami, 6-4, 6-3.
At No. 1 singles, 42nd-ranked singles player Jodoin suffered her first lost of the season when she fell to No. 54 Tere-Apishah, 6-3, 6-4. Jodoin is now 2-1 against nationally ranked opponents. The Panthers evened the score at No. 2 singles when Lerova defeated Kirpicheva, 6-2, 6-7 (5), 6-2, setting the fate of the match on McQueen's shoulders.
At the No. 4 spot, McQueen rose to the challenge as she came from behind in an all-out war against Kozachenko. In the end McQueen stood as the victor after a thrilling battle, 0-6, 7-6 (5), 7-5.
"I was very happy with our performance today," Head coach Simon Thibodeau said. "Georgia State really pushed us as a team and it was nice to beat a nationally-ranked opponent. I was especially proud of Melissa; she fought hard and pulled out the win for the team today."
The Bulldogs head back to the courts on Sunday for what promises to be an action-packed doubleheader against CSU Northridge at 11 a.m. and Santa Clara at 5 p.m. at the Spalding G. Wathen Tennis Center.
Fresno State 4, No. 50 Georgia State, 3
1. Marianne Jodoin/Olga Kirpicheva (FS) d. Abigail Tere-Apisah/Maryna Kozachenko (GS) 9-8 (3)
2. Melissa McQueen/Bianca Modoc (FS) d. Tereza Lerova/Whitney Byrd (GS) 9-7
3. Laura Pola/Aishwarya Agrawal (FS) d. Masa Grgan/Martina Ondrackova (GS) 9-7
Order of Finish: 2,3,1
1. No. 54 Abigail Tere-Apisah (GS) d. No. 42 Marianne Jodoin (FS), 6-3, 6-4
2. Tereza Lerova (GS) d. Olga Kirpicheva (FS) 6-2, 6-7 (5), 6-2
3. Aishwarya Agrawal(FS) d. Whitney Byrd (GS) 6-3, 6-2
4. Melissa McQueen (FS) d. Maryna Kozachenko (GS) 0-6, 7-6 (5), 7-5
5. Masa Grgan (GS) d. Bianca Modoc (FS) 6-3, 6-3
6. Tanya Murtagh (FS) d. Chaimaa Roudami (FS) 6-4, 6-3
Order of Finish: 3,5,6,1,2,4
Fresno State 3-5
Georgia State 6-3; National ranking #50
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