May 9, 2009

Courtesy of Fresno State Athletics

FRESNO, Calif. -
A focused No. 16 Fresno State women's tennis team made short work of Eastern Kentucky in a 4-0 first round sweep in the NCAA Regionals on Saturday in Urbana, Ill.

Once again, the Bulldog set the tone for the match by dominating the doubles action. Danon Beatty and Laura Pola shut out Anouk Faure and Anais Hamel, 8-0. Shortly after, No. 1 Anastasia Petukhova and Renata Kucerkova secured the team point with an 8-1 victory over Svetland Pimenova and Alexandra Stinikova.

Fresno State was equally impressive in singles play.

No. 27 Petukhova was the first to complete her match, with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Pimenova.

No. 18 Gloria gave the Bulldogs a commanding 3-0 lead. The four-time WAC Player of the Year and two-time All-American cruised to a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Stinikova.

Fresno State clinched the match when 67th-ranked Kucerkova knocked off Myriem Mhirit, 6-2, 6-0.

"I was pleased with how the team came out today away from home and handled the windy and cold conditions," head coach Simon Thibodeau said. "We are now in the second round of the NCAA and will need to play better and better each match."

With the win, the Bulldogs advanced to the second round of NCAA Regionals and will play the winner of the Illinois/Vanderbilt match on Sunday at 11 p.m. PT in Urbana, Ill.. The winner of that match will advance to the Sweet 16 in College Station, Texas on May 15.

NCAA Women's Tennis
NCAA Regionals

May 9, 2009 - Urbana, Ill.

No. 16 Fresno State def. Eastern Kentucky, 4-0

Doubles (Fresno State wins the doubles point)
1. #1 Anastasia Petukhova/Renata Kucerkova (FS) def. Svetlana Pimenova/Alexandra Stinikova (EKU) 8-1
2. No. 15 Melanie Gloria/Tinesta Rowe (FS) vs. Nadja Barz/Myriem Mhirit (EKU) DNF
3. Danon Beatty/Laura Pola, Fresno State def. Anouk Faure/Anais Hamel (EKU) 8-0
Order of Completion: 3, 1

Singles
1. No. 18 Melanie Gloria (FS) def. Alexandra Stinikova (EKU) 6-0, 6-0
2. No. 27 Anastasia Petukhova (FS) def. Svetlana Pimenova (EKU) 6-2, 6-0
3. No. 67 Renata Kucerkova (FS) def. Myriem Mhirit (EKU) 6-2, 6-0
4. Tinesta Rowe (FS) vs. Nadja Barz (EKU) DNF
5. Laura Pola (FS) vs. Anouk Faure (EKU) DNF
6. Bruna Paes (FS) vs. Alyze Pagal (EKU) DNF
Order of Completion: 2, 1, 3*