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Mustangs on Winning End Friday at Bulldog Classic

Mustangs on Winning End Friday at Bulldog Classic

FRESNO, Calif. – Despite seeing a slew of afternoon matches halted due to inclement weather, the Cal Poly women's tennis team produced a combined 4-2 record in singles and doubles play during opening-day action at the Fresno State-hosted Bulldog Classic on Friday.

In A Flight doubles round of 16 action at the Spalding G. Wathen Tennis Center, the tandem of junior Alexa Lee and sophomore Ane McPike (above) dropped a narrow 9-8 opening decision against Washington's Capucine Gregoire and Adrijana Pavlovic before rebounding in the backdraw to defeat Portland State's Nayanatara Vadali and Marina Todd, 8-0. Cal Poly's other doubles entry of senior Jocelyn Davis and sophomore Kathryn Webb opened their run with an 8-5 victory against Nevada's Sue Eufrasio and Sophie Stevens before falling against Fresno State's Olga Kirpicheva and Laura Pola, 8-6.

"Despite starting both matches a little slow today, Joc and Kat finished strong and played the kind of doubles we've been practicing," first-year head coach Damon Coupe said. "Alexa and Ane had a very close first match and then rebounded by dominating their second opponents."

The Mustangs completed just two singles matches before rain struck the central valley as Webb swept Fresno Pacific's Yumiko Justin in the A Flight draw, 6-4, 6-0, while in the B Flight, McPike toppled San Jose State's Alex Marquez, 6-1, 6-2. In abandoned B Flight matches, the second-seeded Davis found herself leading Washington's Pavlovic, 2-1, while freshman and third-seeded Ireen Kuipers trailed San Jose State's Isadora Busch, 2-1. The only Mustang to reach a second match, McPike trailed Nevada's Juliette Legendre, 5-4

"I feel that we really were just getting going when the rain came," Coupe added. "Kat and Ane really played well in their first-round singles wins. Hopefully we will come out tomorrow after the rain and play well once again."

Weather permitting, the three-day Bulldog Classic will resume action on Saturday morning.