The Fresno State women’s tennis program has boasted some outstanding doubles teams over the past several years. This year, the dynamic duo is Melanie Gloria and Tinesta Rowe. They’ve earned a place in Fresno State history with their No. 1 national ranking.
Melanie and Tinesta, who are both international students, love tennis – and Fresno State. Each is majoring in business.
“Tennis has always been a part of my life, but since I’ve come to Fresno State, I’ve been able to add so much more to who I am,” says Tinesta, who is from Ocho Rios, Jamaica.
“The interaction that I have with the community, professors and teammates is something I will always cherish.”
Melanie, who is from Montreal, Canada, says she likes her business classes “and the knowledge I’ve gained about the business world in general.”
“I’ve also been able to build lasting friendships with people from all over the world, and that is something that I value greatly,” she adds.
Melanie and Tinesta have been a potent combination since being paired early in the dual season last year. The two finished the year 13-5 overall and were participants in the 2007 NCAA Doubles tournament. During the fall season, the women went 9-2 and had wins over six ranked
They participated in the All-American and National Indoors and won the ITA Northwest Regional, one of the toughest in the nation.
“It’s great to see that Melanie and Tinesta have been rewarded for such an outstanding fall season,” head coach Simon Thibodeau said. “They played well in big tournaments and have become a very consistent doubles team. Melanie and Tinesta have great potential.”