April 6, 2013
FRESNO, Calif. - The 60th-ranked Fresno State Bulldogs downed the Colorado State women's tennis team 7-0 Saturday in a Mountain West Conference match played at the Spalding G. Wathen Tennis Center.
The Bulldogs improved to 12-5, including a 4-0 record in MW play, while the Rams dropped to 3-10 (0-3 MW).
The Rams dropped the doubles point with Fresno State winning all three matches. Colorado State freshman Kendall Heitzner played doubles but was hampered by illness and was subsequently scratched from the singles competition.
Bright spots for the Rams came at the Nos. 1 and 4 singles positions, where freshman Abby Stevens and sophomore Adriana Wojakowska each won her second set before falling in the tie-breaker. Stevens was topped by Fresno State's Aishwarya Agrawal 6-3, 3-6, 1-0 (10-2) at No. 1, while Wojakowska fell to Bianca Modoc 6-1, 5-7, 1-0 (13-11).
"We had chances to win on the No. 1 and No. 4 courts," Messick said. "We had match point at No. 4 with Wojakowska in the tie-break. We had two match points there and just didn't come away with it."
Messick was proud of the competitive nature of those matches and encouraged about his team's prospects.
"I was very pleased especially with how Adriana played," Messick said. "She struggled in the first set, but we made some adjustments in the second set and she handled it pretty well and made a match of it, as did Abby (Stevens) at No. 1."
At No. 2 singles, Rams sophomore Natalie Heffron was defeated 6-2, 6-4 by the Bulldogs' Melissa McQueen.
"Heffron at No. 2 struggled in the first set, but got close in the second and just couldn't quite turn it around," Messick said. "Last week she did that at Wyoming, and just couldn't today, but we're that close. We're close to taking points from nationally-ranked teams. It's a matter of time before we start to turn some of those around and get some real close matches."
The match in Fresno came one day after the Colorado State team endured an unexpectedly tough day of travel from Fort Collins. After the team's flight from DIA was canceled, they were re-routed through Los Angeles, where they waited through a 5-hour layover before eventually arriving in Fresno at 3 a.m. Saturday.
"It's just one of those things," Messick said. "So we missed our practice time last night. We were supposed to get here at 3:30 (p.m.) and get a practice in, but we missed that. It's no excuse; it just is what it is."
The Rams will remain in Fresno on Sunday to take on Mountain West foe Nevada. The match is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. (PT).
"Nevada is a tough team," Messick said. "They're going to be tough all the way down their lineup, but if we play as well as we played today, and even a little better on some courts, we'll be able to make a good match out of it."
NO. 60 FRESNO STATE DEF. COLORADO STATE, 7-0
APRIL 6, 2013--FRESNO, CALIF.
No. 1. Aishwarya Agrawal (FS) def. Abby Stevens (CSU) 6-3, 3-6, 1-0 (10-2)
No. 2. Melissa McQueen (FS) def. Natalie Heffron (CSU) 6-2, 6-4
No. 3. Sophie Watts (FS) def. Kaley Schultz (CSU) 6-1, 6-0
No. 4. Bianca Modoc (FS) def. Adriana Wojakowska (CSU) 6-1, 5-7, 1-0 (13-11)
No. 5. Olga Kirpicheva (FS) def. Mollie Cooper (CSU) 6-1, 6-0
No. 6. Anneka Watts (FS) def. Lauren Pick (CSU) 6-2, 6-0
Order of finish: 5, 3, 2, 6, 4, 1
No. 1. Melissa McQueen/Rana Sherif Ahmed (FS) def. Kendall Heitzner/Kaley Schultz (CSU) 8-2
No. 2. Bianca Modoc/Sophie Watts (FS) def. Natalie Heffron/Adriana Wojakowska (CSU) 8-4
No. 3. Olga Kirpicheva/Aishwarya Agrawal (FS) def. Mollie Cooper/Abby Stevens (CSU) 8-1
Order of finish: 3, 1, 2