No. 66 Mustangs Open Big West Play on Top

No. 66 Mustangs Open Big West Play on Top


SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – The No. 66 Cal Poly women's tennis program dropped just four total sets on Sunday afternoon as the Mustangs began their 2011 Big West Conference slate with a 6-1 victory against Cal State Northridge at Mustang Courts.

Cal Poly (3-2), which finished in a three-way knot for second place in the Big West standings a season ago, suffered an 8-7 (7-5) loss by junior Amy Markhoff and sophomore Alexa Lee at the No. 1 doubles spot versus Brooke Doane and Jennifer Sher. The Mustangs, however, rebounded at the No. 2 spot with an 8-5 victory from senior Ashley Pane and junior Jocelyn Davis versus Nina Jaworowski and Anna Yang before the Cal Poly freshmen partnership of Florence Lehane and Gabrielle Gatewood completed the sweep with an 8-4 triumph at No. 3 over Nigora Sirojiddinova and Sabrina Man-Son-Hing.

Lee (above) rebounded in singles action at the No. 1 spot to down Doane, 6-0, 3-6, 6-2. The Mustangs suffered their lone defeat at No. 2 with Pane falling against Sher, 7-6, 7-5. Lehane resumed Cal Poly's winning ways with a 6-1, 6-1 win at No. 3 versus Nina Jaworowski before freshman Jennifer Cornea topped Sirojiddinova at No. 4, 6-3, 6-3. Davis continued with a 6-2, 7-5 dispatching of Yang at No. 5 before Mustang freshman Kathryn Webb finalized the victory with a 6-0, 6-3 win at No. 6 against Cheung.

"Our matches against Cal State Northridge have been really hard fought and the Matadors always play an extremely hard doubles point," 11th-year Cal Poly head coach Hugh Bream said. "Our young players are really improving and maturing and, overall, we played with a lot of poise and fight."

Cal Poly continues its three-dual homestand on Thursday, Feb. 10 when hosting Cal State Bakersfield on Mustang Courts at 2 p.m.