USU Falls To No. 70 Fresno State On Thursday, 6-1
March 31, 2011
LOGAN, Utah -- - Utah State's women's tennis team was looking for their first Western Athletic Conference win of the season on Thursday. Instead, Fresno State (6-9, 2-0) captured its second WAC win, as it defeated USU, 6-1, at the Logan Sports Academy and Racquet Club.
The Aggies pushed the Bulldogs to the brink in the opening doubles matches but failed to capture the opening doubles point by dropping two of the three matches. Senior Hailey Swenson and partner junior Romina Nedakovic stood toe to toe with Fresno's Laura Pola and Marianna Jodoin but fell just short of securing the opening match for Utah State in a close, 8-6, defeat. Winning the lone doubles match for USU was senior Taylor Perry and junior Julie Tukuafu, 6-3, in the third position of the doubles matches.
Fresno State never slowed in singles matches, as it went on to win five of the next six matches. Working hard to prevent the Bulldog sweep of the Aggies, was Tukuafu in the five spot. Tukuafu fought hard against Fresno's Mary Abby Hayley, as the two exchanged points back and forth late in Thursdays action. In the end, Tukuafu gained the hard fought straight-set victory, 6-4, 6-4.
Utah State will look to rebound in WAC play, as it prepares to take on New Mexico State on Saturday at 10 a.m., in the Logan Sports Academy and Racquet Club. The Saturday all-Aggies showdown will give one of the teams their first WAC win of the season, as USU is 0-2 and NMSU is 0-1 in WAC match-ups.
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#70 Fresno State 6, Utah State 1 Singles competition 1. Marianna Jodoin (FSU) def. Jaclyn West (USU) 6-0, 6-0 2. Laura Pola (FSU) def. Hailey Swenson (USU) 6-1, 6-2 3. Melissa McQueen (FSU) def. K. Voytsekhovich (USU) 6-4, 6-2 4. Bianca Modoc (FSU) def. Romina Nedakovic (USU) 6-2, 6-1 5. Julie Tukuafu (USU) def. Mary Abby Hayley (FSU) 6-4, 6-4 6. Olga Kirpicheva (FSU) def. Brianna Harris (USU) 6-4, 6-0 Doubles competition 1. Pola/Jodoin (FSU) def. Swenson/Nedakovic (USU) 8-6 2. Kirpicheva/McQueen (FSU) def. K. Voytsekhovich/West (USU) 8-5 3. Perry/Tukuafu (USU) def. Abby Hayley/Modoc (FSU) 8-3