April 17, 2014
Cal Poly April 18, 2014 2 p.m. PT
Mustang Courts San Luis Obispo, Calif.
Fresno State (12-8, 5-0 MW) at Cal Poly (6-9, 3-5 BW)
Series Record: Fresno State leads 17-4
Last Meeting: 2013 (W: 4-3)
'Dogs Set for Regular Season Finale
After concluding regular season Mountain West play with a perfect 5-0 undefeated record last weekend, the No. 68 Fresno State women's tennis team (12-8, 5-0 MW) face Cal Poly for its season finale this Friday. The Bulldogs are set to square off with Cal Poly at the Mustang Courts at 2 p.m.
About the Competition
Cal Poly (6-9, 3-5 BW) heads into Friday's dual on a three-match win streak with victories over UC Riverside, UC Santa Barbara and Cal State Fullerton. Senior Jennifer Cornea leads the Mustangs at the top spot with a 6-6 dual record this spring, while Kathryn Webb has a team-best 8-3 dual mark combined on courts four and five. Fresno State leads Cal Poly 17-4 all-time and defeated the Aggies 4-3 at home last season.
Leading the MW
After finishing regular season conference play with an undefeated 5-0 record, Fresno State currently stands in first place in the Mountain West standings. New Mexico, Wyoming and San Diego State all trail the 'Dogs with 3-1 MW records each. For full MW rankings click here.
The Bulldogs are currently on an eight-match win streak and are in route to the programs best finish in five years. Fresno State clinched an undefeated (7-0) home record with a huge win UNLV on March 30 and then went on to seal a perfect 5-0 conference record their next weekend out with 5-2 victories over San Jose State and Nevada. This is the first time Fresno State has had undefeated home recorded and conference record since 2009. The same year the 'Dogs went on to win the conference title and improve to Sweet 16 the NCAA Tournament while on a 15-game win streak.
Malysheva Named MW POW
Sophomore Sofya Malysheva was named Mountain West Women's Tennis Player of the Week by the conference on Wednesday for competition played April 9-15. This is her first career MW weekly accolade and fourth for the Bulldogs this season. Malysheva went a combined 4-0 last weekend to lead No. 68 Fresno State (12-8, 5-0 MW) to two 5-2 conference victories over San Jose State and Nevada, helping the Bulldogs finish MW regular season play with an undefeated record (5-0). The Nynäshamn, Sweden native stepped up huge last weekend for the 'Dogs, moving up to the No. 3 spot to sweep both of her singles matches in straight sets. She defeated Leon Chao, Sabastian of San Jose State (6-1, 6-3) and then started the singles swing for the 'Dogs against Nevada- running past Sheila Smiley (6-2, 6-0). Malysheva is currently on a four-match win streak in singles play. Malysheva teamed up with Rana Sherif Ahmed in doubles to win both of their matches at the No. 2 slate. The duo turned back the San José State duo of Julianna Bacelar and Jessica Willett, 8-7 (4), and followed that up with an 8-2 win over Nevada's Juliette Legendre and Smiley, 8-2.
After sweeping two conference matches last weekend, the Bulldogs moved up six spots in the ITA rankings this week to No. 68. Sophomore Sophie Watts maintained her singles ITA ranking this week at No. 69. Fresno State is currently the highest ranked team in the MW. The next round of ITA rankings will be release on April 22.
After concluding regular season play this weekend, the Bulldogs are set to host the 2014 MW Tennis Championships at Sierra Sport and Racquet Club next week, April 23-27.
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