The 34th ranked Rice men’s tennis team could not corral the red-hot Fresno State Bulldogs, who defeated a higher-ranked opponent for the second consecutive day to advance to the ITA National Team Indoor Championships. Fresno, ranked 46th heading into the weekend, blanked the Owls 4-0 at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center on the campus of Texas A&M University on Sunday.
The Owls (3-1) fell behind early, as the Bulldogs pair of nationally-ranked doubles teams swept to wins to give Fresno the doubles point. They kept the pressure on in singles, taking decisions at No.2, 4 and 6 to clinch the match.
Rice will be back on the court at Jake Hess Tennis Stadium next week to host a pair of ranked opponents. The Owls will welcome 29th-ranked LSU on Friday at 1:30 and then host 20th-ranked Miami on Sunday at 10 a.m.
George P. Mitchell Tennis Center
January 31, 2010 at 1:00 p.m.
(46) Fresno State 4, (34) Rice 0
1. (19) Bruno Rosa (Rice) vs. Mirko Zapleta (Fresno State) DNF.
2. Rikus de Villiers (Fresno State) def. Oscar Podlewski (Rice) 6-2, 6-2.
3. Michael Nuesslein (Rice) vs. Tejesvi Veerepalli (Fresno State) DNF.
4. Remi Boutiller (Fresno State) def. Isame Tachibana (Rice) 6-1, 6-4.
5. Sam Garforth-Bles (Rice) vs. (83) David Ayoun (Fresno State) DNF.
6. Siddharth Alapati (Fresno State) def. Jonathan Chang (Rice) 6-3, 6-2.
1. (36) Boutillier-de Villiers (Fresno State) def. Rosa-Podlewski (Rice) 8-3.
2. (20) Taylor Leiby-Zapletal (Fresno State) def. Nusslein-Tachibana (Rice) 8-5.
3. Garforth-Bles-Dennis Polyakov (Rice) vs. Alapati-Veerepalli (Fresno State) DNF.
Order of Finish:
Singles: 2, 4, 6*
Doubles: 1, 2