'Dogs Head South, Face No. 38 Pepperdine & UCSB
The Fresno State women's tennis team looks to continue its three-match win streak this weekend with two non-conference duals.
March 7, 2014
Weekly Match Notes
No. 38 Pepperdine March 8, 2014 11 a.m. PT
Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center Malibu, Calif.
Fresno State (4-7, 1-0 MW) at Pepperdine (4-4)
Series Record: Pepperdine leads 12-8
Last Meeting: March 1, 2013 (W: 4-3)
UC Santa Barbara March 9, 2014 10 a.m. PT
Rec Cen Courts Santa Barbara, Calif.
Fresno State (4-7, 1-0 MW) at UC Santa Barbara (2-9)
Series Record: Fresno State leads 7-6
Last Meeting: March 30, 2012 (W: 7-0)
'Dogs Face No. 38 Pepperdine & UCSB
After a 12 day break from competition, the Fresno State women's tennis team (4-7, 1-0 MW) looks to continue its three-match win streak this weekend when they travel south to face No. 38 Pepperdine and UC Santa Barbara. The Bulldogs face Pepperdine on Saturday at 11 a.m. at Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center in Malibu, Calif. and then dual UC Santa Barbara the next morning at 10 a.m.
About the Competition
No. 38 Pepperdine (4-4) is currently undefeated at home and enters Saturday's match with the Bulldogs having lost its last three matches on the road. The Wave is led by No. 23 Lorraine Guillermo who is 6-1 at the top spot in singles dual play. Guillermo is also No. 47 in doubles alongside Ale Granillo. Freshman Apichaya Runglerdkriangkrai made her rankings debut at No. 120 on Feb. 25. Pepperdine leads Fresno State 12-8 all-time. The last three meetings have come down to the final match- the Bulldogs defeated Pepperdine 4-3 in Malibu last in 2013.
UC Santa Barbara (2-9) enters Sunday's dual on a two-match losing streak. The Gauchos are 0-2 at home this season and have not won a match since Feb. 23 when they defeated Cal State Fullerton 4-3. UCSB hosts UC Davis on Saturday before facing the Bulldogs on Sunday. Fresno State leads the UCSB 7-6 all time and swept the Gauchos 7-0 the last time the faced in 2012.
Agrawal Named MW POW
Junior Aishwarya Agrawal was named Mountain West Women's Tennis Player of the Week for competition played Feb. 19-25. This was her first career MW weekly accolade. Agrawal led the Bulldogs to a pair of home wins over No. 63 Santa Clara and conference rival Boise State at Spalding G. Wathen Tennis Center. Agrawal went 3-for-4, winning both of her singles matches in the third flight, to extend her win streak to three. After dropping the doubles point to Santa Clara on Feb. 21, Agrawal started the 'Dogs singles surge with a win in straight sets at No. 3. The Bulldogs then went on to win four singles matches, including the deciding point on court six to win the match 4-3. The Indore, India native then helped clinch the doubles point over Boise State two days later with an 8-6 win at the top spot. In singles, Agrawal came from behind to defeat the Broncos, Teal Vosburgh (4-6, 6-0, 6-2). Her singles point over Boise State clinched the match 4-0, for Fresno State. Agrawal leads the Bulldogs with six singles victories in dual play this season. She is 1-1 at No. 2 and 5-3 at No 3.
Watts Twins on Seven-Match Win Streak
Sophie Watts and Anneka Watts are currently undefeated in doubles dual match play this season. The Watts twins have won seven-straight matches at the Nos. 2-3 spots for the Bulldogs, helping Fresno State win its last three matches.
Five-Match Home Stand Up Next
After two road duals this weekend, the Bulldogs return to Fresno for a five-match home stand where they are 2-0 in dual match play. Fresno State first faces UT Alrington at the Sierra Racquet Club on March 16 at 11 a.m. The 'Dogs then host four-straight at Spalding G. Wathen Tennis Center, facing Dartmouth on March 18 and Denver on March 20. Fresno State then closes the home play with two conference matches against San Diego State (March 28) and UNLV (March 30).
Sophomore Sophie Watts earned a singles ITA ranking of No. 66 in the latest polls, which is 38 spots higher than her original ranking of No. 104. While Aishwarya Agrawal and Claire Yang dropped their national doubles ranking, they have maintained a regional doubles ranking of No. 7. Watts was also ranked at No. 15 in the ITA Northwest Region rankings. The next round of rankings will be release on March 11.
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