'Dogs tennis player in final
Fresno State's Anastasia Petukhova gets a break today when she plays in the consolation final of the ITA All-American Championships in Pacific Palisades.
The 22nd-ranked Petukhova shut out Allison Ramos of USC in straight sets Saturday, a day after Ramos upset top-ranked Maria Mosolova of Northwestern 6-3, 6-3.
Petukhova's more favorable draw for the 9 a.m. championship is No. 11 Yasmin Schnack of UCLA. She won in three sets over Clemson's Josipa Bek in the semifinals.
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Bulldogs coach Simon Thibodeau said he likes Petukhova's chances after a semifinal he described as "a flawless match."
"Anastasia played very well and focused," he said. "She is getting better and better every match."
Fresno State wins in 5 sets
Fresno State's growth as a volleyball team never was more apparent than in a 3-2 victory over Idaho on Saturday at the Save Mart Center.
For the first time this season, the Bulldogs rallied from two sets down and won 15-25, 23-25, 28-26, 25-22, 15-11.
Baylee Platt had six of her team-high 17 kills in the third set, including the winner, to spark the comeback in the Western Athletic Conference match.
Lauren Berger had 14 kills, 12 digs and five blocks for the Bulldogs (10-7, 3-2). Kelly Leonardo added 11 kills and three blocks, Brianna Clarke eight kills and seven blocks and Lisa Gera 14 assists.
Sarah Conwell paced Idaho (7-10, 3-2) with 21 kills and 26 digs.
*Martina Gregusova's 13 kills and 12 digs powered NAIA No. 1 Fresno Pacific to a 25-10, 26-24, 25-22 sweep of Westmont in Golden State Athletic action in Santa Barbara.
The Sunbirds (20-0, 10-0) also got eight blocks from Lauren Albertson and held Westmont to .098 hitting.
TCU riders edge Bulldogs
Texas Christian's dominance in Western events was too much for Fresno State in a showdown of top-10 equestrian teams.
The No. 8 Horned Frogs used a 6-2 advantage in Western (horsemanship and reining) and beat the Bulldogs 10-6 in Mansfield, Texas
Kim Steinbuch (equitation) and Lisa Wells (equitation over fences) captured MVP honors to help the Bulldogs tie Texas Christian 4-4 in the Hunterseat portion.
Fresno State faces No. 5 Texas A&M today in College Station.
Sunbirds halt soccer slide
Rodrigo Vianna and Vitor Machado scored late and Fresno Pacific snapped a four-match winless skid in soccer with a 2-0 victory against Cal Baptist in Riverside.
Vianna scored in the 70th minute and Machado 6 minutes later. Paul Islas got the assist on both goals.
The Sunbirds (5-4-1) are 1-2-1 in the GSAC. The Lancers are winless in five conference matches.
Fresno Pacific women fall 3-0
Top-ranked Cal Baptist handed the Fresno Pacific women's soccer team its first two-match losing streak of the season.
The Lancers (11-1-1, 4-1 GSAC), with their top two scorers out with injuries, beat the Sunbirds 3-0. Fresno Pacific (7-3, 2-2) was outshot 14-8.
Sunbirds runner finishes 15th
Senior Cesar Rodriguez finished 15th on an 8K course among 102 runners as the Fresno Pacific men's cross country team placed ninth at the Vanguard Invite in Costa Mesa.
Senior Jessica Suddaby was 72nd in the women's 5K for the Sunbirds, who didn't field a full team.
Rodriguez's time of 26 minutes, 23 seconds was almost a minute behind winner Christian de Glymes of Vanguard. Josh Hodges finished 51st for the Sunbirds, Marvin Ortiz was 67th and Carlos Huerta 81st.
*Isai Orea and Fresno City's men's cross country ran to titles at the Gary Judd Invite in Rocklin.
The Rams were first among five teams. Orea captured individual honors, running the 4.2-mile course in 22 minutes, 8.4 seconds. Eder Torreblanca was fourth, as all five Rams placed in the top 11.
Fresno City's women finished fifth, with Araceli Rodriguez finishing 16th (24:07 over 3.2 miles) for the team's best performance.
Rams wrestlers grab titles
Galen Williams (133 pounds), Daniel Osmer (141) and Fernando Lucatero (174) won their weight classes, as Fresno City won the five-team West Valley Invitational in Saratoga.
The Rams had 160.5 points, 44 more than Sierra in the five-team meet.
Seniors win tennis crown
Bill Schulz and Jim Wainscott of the Clovis Tennis Club won the men's 75 tennis championship at the Huntsman World Senior Games in St. George, Utah.
Schulz and wife Marilyn placed second in the 70s mixed event.