Fresno State tennis loses two consecutive games to end its season


Manuel Hernandez/The Collegian

Carlotta Nonnis Marzano hits gets a hit against BYU on March 15, at Spalding G. Wathen Tennis Center.

By Alexis Bruno, Reporter

The Fresno State Tennis team could not finish its season conference matchups, ending in a 2-game losing streak against Boise State and Utah State.

Despite losing, the Bulldogs still sit at No. 72 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings. 

While double-pairing, Pang Jittakoat and Matilde Magrini ended its regular season at No. 57 in the ITA tennis double ranking. 

Fresno State 3, Boise State 4 (April 21)

The first matchup was against Boise State, and it came down to the line. Jittakoat and Cristina Flaquer lost in a doubles matchup, 6-4, but Jittakoat claimed a point at the top position. 

The Bulldogs got back on the board with wins from No. 4 Carolina Piferi and No. 6 Carlotta Nonnis Marzano. Piferi defeated Shauna Heffernan with scores of 1-6, 6-4, 6-4; and Marzano beat Ana Conde Vendrell in two sets, scoring 6-3 and 6-0. 

The ‘Dogs split the singles matches with Boise State, winning 3-out-of-6. Due to the losses in the doubles, the Broncos took the win 3-4. 

Fresno State 3, Utah State 4 (April 22)

In a doubles match, Marzano and Piferi lost to Monique Burton and Lisa Kung, with a score of 6-3.

The Bulldogs were able to win their next two matches. Bulldogs Leann Serna and Meshkatolzahra Safi defeated Annaliese County and Jade Brilhante, 6-4. Jittakoat and Flaquer ended the last match with a 6-4 win over Zeynep Naz Ozturk and Sidnee Lavata.

The Bulldogs won the doubles point against the Aggies, earning the No. 2 and No. 3 positions. 

The singles matches didn’t end in the same manner as the doubles. The Bulldogs fell short two games out of six. 

Jittakoat won the first match, winning her first two sets 6-4 and 6-0 against Zeynep Naz Ozturk. Piferi was the last singles victory, taking down Laura F. E. De Hilario in two sets, with a score of 6-3 in both. 

Piferi finished the regular season in the top singles position, staying undefeated with a 8-0 record.

The ‘Dogs didn’t find an answer in the singles losing to Utah State 3-4.  

Fresno State finished 10th in the Mountain West Conference, with a 9-13 overall record and 3-7 conference record. It will play Nevada in the first round of the Mountain West Tournament on April 26 at the Darling Tennis Center in Las Vegas.