LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The 36th-ranked Fresno State men's tennis team fell to No. 27 San Diego, 4-0, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at the Los Angeles Tennis Center on Saturday.
The ‘Dogs (20-5) began their third-straight and 13th overall NCAA Tournament appearance by dropping the doubles point the Toreros (20-7) in a 2-0 decision.
The Bulldogs made it interesting in singles play, led by Remi Boutillier and deLaubenfels, who eached reached match points at No. 1 and No. 5, respectively, and freshman Sai Kartik Nakireddi, who was also up in the third set, 4-2, at No. 6 singles. Unfortunately, the Bulldog comeback was halted at No. 3 when San Diego’s Clarke Spinosa topped Diame, 6-1, 7-6, 6-2.
San Diego now moves on to face the winner of No. 4 seeded UCLA and Eastern Kentucky in the second round of the tournament.
Though the ‘Dogs concluded their season, two members of the team are still on the quest for an NCAA win. Boutillier and Alcantara will both represent the Bulldogs at the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships in Athens, Ga. on May 23-28.
They will be joined with fellow Bulldog, 41st-ranked Marianne Jodoin, who will represent the women’s tennis team in the NCAA Single Championships. The Singles and Doubles Championships will be held at Georgia’s at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex. Boutillier, Alcantara and Jodoin are only the players to represent the WAC at the Championships.