If you're a fan of WCC women's tennis, then the Wathen Tennis Center is the place to be on Saturday and Sunday when Fresno State welcomes in Loyola Marymount, Saint Mary's and Portland.
April 6, 2005
This Week's Matches
Match 17: Loyola Marymount (8-11) at #55 Fresno State (8-8)
Saturday, April 9 - 10 a.m. - Wathen Tennis Center
Match 18: Saint Mary's (8-5) at #55 Fresno State (8-8)
Saturday, April 9 - 2:30 p.m. - Wathen Tennis Center
Match 19: Portland (7-11) at #55 Fresno State (8-8)
Sunday, April 10 - 2 p.m. - Wathen Tennis Center
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What's Coming Up
Fresno State has three matches at home this weekend trying to snap a skid that has seem them lose three in a row. The action gets underway Saturday when the Bulldogs (8-8) host Loyola Marymount (10 a.m.) and Saint Mary's (2:30 p.m.) in a doubleheader. Then on Sunday, Fresno State plays Portland at 2 p.m. in the second-half of a men's/women's doubleheader (the men play UC Santa Barbara at 2 p.m.). Fresno State has gone 5-2 at the Wathen Tennis Center this season.
What Happened Recently
The Bulldogs took two on the chin on last week's road trip to Williamsburg, Va., losing 6-1 in a neutral-site match to Virginia Commonwealth and then falling 6-1 to 14th-ranked William and Mary. The losses dropped Fresno State's losing streak to three in a row, which has come on the heels of the team's season-long four-match win streak. The only Bulldog to win in singles over the weekend was Lucia Tallo at No. 2 against William and Mary.
WAC Tournament Coming Up
At the conclusion of this week's matches, Fresno State will have just one more week in the regular season, which wraps up with a home contest against Pacific on April 17, On the horizon is the WAC Tournament, played April 22-24 in Honolulu. The Bulldogs are the three-time defending league champions, the longest streak since BYU won four straight from 1993-96. Fresno State hasn't lost a WAC Tournament match since falling in the 2001 final to TCU by a score of 4-2. The Bulldogs current national ranking of No. 52 makes them the second-highest ranked team in the league, behind only No. 38 Rice.
A Dearth of Healthy Bodies
Fresno State is having some problems keeping players healthy lately. Of the six Bulldogs who reguarly play in the singles and doubles lineup, only three are 100 percent. Currently injured are Lucia Tallo (No. 2 singles and doubles), who has been battling an injured wrist for the past month, and Jacqui Haskett (No. 2 doubles, No. 5 singles) whose right shoulder and legs are ailing. Also operating at less then full health is Lucia Sainz (No. 1 doubles, No. 3 singles), who can't shake the effects of an illness she has been battling for the past two weeks.