The Fresno State team of Rana Sherif Ahmed and Sophie Watts will play for the doubles championship of the Bulldog Classic women's tennis tournament after winning a pair of matches Saturday at Sierra Racquet Club.
Ahmed and Watts downed Oregon's Nicole Long and Jasmine Minor 8-6 in the semifinals to advance to Sunday's final against Idaho's Vicky Lozano and Almudena Sanzo. The championship is scheduled for 9 a.m. at the Wathen Tennis Center. Watts (Flight A) and Ahmed (Flight B) also won individually in the third round of singles play.
Bulldog Claire Young reached the singles Flight F final with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Cal Poly's Sayaka Tsugai. Young is set to meet Idaho's Bety Flores for the title.
Fresno State's Tanya Murtagh and Anne Susdorf won twice in doubles Flight B.
Returning starters Bree Farley, Taylor Thompson and Alex Sheedy lead Fresno State into its first action of the season Sunday, a 2 p.m. exhibition against Notre Dame De Namur at the Save Mart Center.
The Bulldogs are the preseason favorite to win the Mountain West Conference in their second season under coach Raegan Pebley.
Fresno State returns eight letterwinners overall from a team that won 24 games, the MWC Tournament and reached the NCAA Tournament.
"There is a lot that we are working on right now and again our goal will not be to live up to anybody else's expectation, but to live up to our own and everyday feel like we are getting better," Pebley said. "We're pushing (the team) pretty good right now, and I like how they are responding."
Top-seeded Bulldog Sam MacNeil won a pair of three-setters to reach the final of the Pacific Invitational in Stockton.
MacNeil topped San Francisco's Thomas Takemoto 6-3, 6-7(3), 6-1 in the quarterfinals and UC Davis' Brett Bacharach 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 in the semis to set up a championship match at 11:30 a.m. Sunday against University of the Pacific's Daniel Alameh.
Fourth-seeded Bulldog John Darmstaedter and teammate Sai Kartik Nakireddi were each knocked off in the quarters.
Fresno State's John Darmstaedter and Adriaan Dutoit upset second-seeded Bacharach-James Wade 8-6 to reach the doubles semifinals, where they will face UC Davis' Parker Kelley and Bryce McKelvie at 9 a.m.
Neil Bautista tied for 19th in a 59-player field as Fresno State ended its fall season at the Pacific Invitational in Stockton.
Bautista shot an even-par 71 on Saturday to finish with a three-round total of even-par 213, 13 strokes behind champion Joe Parkinson of BYU.
The Bulldogs were 11th in the 12-team field at 32-over 884. BYU won at 4-under 826.
Leah Hatayama was Fresno State's only winner, capturing the 50 free in 24.25 seconds as the Bulldogs lost a dual meet at Nevada 174-119.
Hannah Prigge, the Bulldogs' only returning NCAA qualifier, posted a career-best score of 315.60 while finishing second in the 1-meter dive. Prigge's previous best was 292.80. She was also second in the 3-meter (307.20).
Hannah Flammang and Ciara Kozlowski were named Most Outstanding Players in Equitation and Reining, respectively, as Fresno State beat Delaware State by raw score, 843-789.5.
The Bulldogs also fell 6-5 to No. 8 New Mexico State to complete a 2-1 run through a two-day tournament in Dover, Del. Flammang (Equitation) and Taylor Brown (Reining) were named Most Outstanding Players for their performances against the Aggies.