No. 74 Fresno State Continues MW Play on the Road
The Bulldogs continue conference play on the road this weekend at San Jose State and Nevada.
April 10, 2014
Weekly Match Notes
San Jose State • April 11, 2014 • 11 a.m. PT
Spartan Tennis Complex • San Jose, Calif.
Fresno State (10-8, 3-0 MW) at San Jose State (9-12, 0-2 MW)
Series Record: Fresno State leads 12-0
Last Meeting: 2011 (W: 6-1)
Nevada • April 13, 2014 • 11a.m. PT
Caughlin Athletic Club • Reno, Nev.
Fresno State (10-8, 3-0 MW) at Nevada (11-7, 2-1 MW)
Series Record: Fresno State leads 20-1
Last Meeting: 2013 (W: 5-2)
'Dogs Continue MW Play on the Road
After concluding its home schedule with an undefeated record, the No. 74 Fresno State women's tennis team (10-8, 3-0 MW) hits the road this weekend to continue Mountain West play as they travel to face San Jose State and Nevada. The Bulldogs will first square off with San Jose State on Friday at 11 a.m. at the Spartan Tennis Complex. The 'Dogs then face Nevada two days later at Caughlin Athletic Club at 11 a.m. in Reno, Nev.
About the Competition
San Jose State (9-12, 0-2 MW) dropped its first two conference duals of the season to UNLV (6-1) and San Diego State (5-2) last week. The Spartans are led by freshman Marie Klocker at the top spot, while junior Julianna Bacelar has a team best 8-6 record at No. 4. Fresno State leads San Jose State 12-0 all-time. The last time the two teams faced was in 2011, the 'Dogs defeated the Spartans 6-1 at Wathen Tennis Center.
Nevada (11-7, 2-1 MW) is coming off a 4-3 home win over UNLV on April 6. The Wolf Pack has one other conference win this spring over Colorado State (7-0). Senior Michelle Okhremchuk leads Nevada at the No. 1 slate with 12-5 dual record while freshman Sheila Morales Hidalgo has an 11-6 record at No. 2. The two players pair at the top spot in doubles and are currently on a nine match winning streak.The Bulldogs lead the Wolf Pack 20-1 all-time.
Undefeated at Home
The Bulldogs huge win over the UNLV on March 30 helped them finish undefeated (7-0) at home this spring. This is the first undefeated home season Fresno State has had since 2009, the same year the 'Dogs went on to win the conference title and improve to the NCAA Tournament. The Bulldogs look to finish the year strong as they are currently on a six match winning streak and have won nine of their last 10 duals played.
Leading the MW
Fresno State moved into first place in the Mountain West after defeating San Diego State and UNLV in a pair of conference duals in the last week of March. New Mexico and San Diego State trail the 'Dogs with 3-1 MW records each while Nevada ranks in fourth, sitting at 2-1 on conference play. The Bulldogs undefeated conference record (3-0) will be tested with two MW matches this weekend. For full MW standings click here.
Watts Named MW POW
Sophomore Anneka Watts was named Mountain West Women's Tennis Player of the Week for competition played March 26-April 1. This was her first career MW weekly accolade and third for the Bulldogs this season. Winning all four of her matches, Watts led Fresno State to two huge conference wins over San Diego State and UNLV last weekend, helping the Bulldogs finish the season undefeated (7-0) at home. She took both her doubles matches at the top spot to help clinch the crucial doubles point for the 'Dogs in both duals. Teamed up with twin sister Sophie Watts at No. 1 doubles, they turned back Somoracz and Hailey Johnson of San Diego State 8-2, and then topped UNLV's Lucia Batta and Santa Shumilina 8-4. The Watts twins have won four straight doubles matches and are 13-1 in dual play this season. Anneka Watts also came from behind from a set down to win both of her singles points at the No. 5 slot, extending her win streak to six. She topped San Diego State's Dora Somoracz, 1-6, 7-5, 6-2 and UNLV's Kamelia Dimitrova, 1-6, 6-4, 6-1.
After moving up two spots in the ITA rankings to No. 72 on April 1, Fresno State moved back into No. 74 this week after an 11 day break from competition. Sophomore Sophie Watts moved up one spot in the singles ITA ranking, earning a spot at No. 69 in the latest polls. Fresno State is currently the highest ranked team in the MW. The next round of ITA rankings will be release on April 15.
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