WAC Championships Bound
April 23, 2012 By Kate Whitney
By Kate Whitney
FRESNO, Calif. - The Fresno State men's and women's tennis teams are on the hunt for its last WAC Championship titles before the teams move to the Mountain West Conference next season.
The tournament is set to begin Thursday in Las Cruces, N.M. at the Linda Estes Tennis Complex. The No. 34 men's tennis team clinched the No. 1 seed as regular season champions for the second year in a row, and the No. 48-ranked women's tennis team's seed has yet to be determined.
The men's team is in strong position to win back-to-back WAC Championships this year with a perfect 5-0 record against all WAC opponents in regular season competition. Last year, the `Dogs won the WAC Tournament Championship for the first time since 1999 and were also named WAC regular season champions going 6-0 in the season.
This season, the `Dogs posted an 18-4 record and defeated WAC adversaries: Utah State, 7-0, Hawai'i, 6-1, New Mexico State, 6-1, Idaho, 6-1, and Nevada, 6-1. The team hopes to repeat its success throughout the season at the Championships.
The Bulldogs are sending four WAC Championship veterans including: sophomore Francis Alcantara and seniors Jean-Charles Diame, David Ayoun and Remi Boutillier, who clinched the win last year when he rallied over New Mexico State's Jim Brouleau, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3. They will be accompanied by newcomers: junior Zachary Leslie, sophomore Jeremy Quiroz and freshmen Sai Kartik Nakireddi and Reid DeLaubenfels.
The women's team has high hopes to win its 10th WAC Championship in 11 years, having gone 3-0 in the regular season against WAC opponents.
Fresno State went undefeated in last year's WAC Tournament in Boise, Idaho beating No. 70 Boise State, 4-3, Nevada, 4-3, and Louisiana Tech, 4-0, to earn its ninth WAC Championship title in 10 years.
This season, the Bulldogs posted a 13-8 record and defeated every conference foe they faced including: Hawai'i, 5-2, New Mexico State, 7-0, and Nevada, 6-1. The `Dogs send five veterans to the Championships, senior Laura Pola, who clinched the WAC title for the second time in three years over Boise State last year, juniors Bianca Modoc, Melissa McQueen and Olga Kirpicheva and sophomore Marianne Jodoin.
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