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No. 50 Mustang Women’s Tennis Falls against No. 61 North Texas, 4-3

No. 50 Mustang Women’s Tennis Falls against No. 61 North Texas, 4-3

TUCSON, Ariz. – Senior Jocelyn Davis (above) and junior Alexa Lee prevailed in both singles and doubles action on Sunday, but the 50th-ranked Cal Poly women's tennis program suffered a 4-3 loss against No. 61 North Texas in a match hosted by Arizona at Robson Tennis Center.

Cal Poly (4-4), which dropped a 6-1 decision against No. 33 Arizona on Saturday, enjoyed an 8-6 victory at No. 1 doubles from Davis and Lee against Nadia Lee and Franzi Sprinkmeyer. At No. 2, Mustang sophomores Kathryn Webb and Ane McPike fell against Kseniya Bardabush and Irina Paraschiv, 8-5. Forced to forfeit matches at No. 3 doubles and No. 6 singles due to injuries, however, the Mustangs had to concede the doubles point.

The Mustangs roared back in singles play with Lee besting Bardabush at No. 1 (6-3, 5-7, 1-0) before Davis topped Valentina Starkova at No. 2 (6-3, 5-7, 1-0). Webb dropped a 6-2, 6-2 decision at No. 3 against Lee before Mustang sophomore Gabrielle Gatewood produced a 6-3, 6-0 victory at No. 4 against Paula Dinuta. At No. 5, however, McPike fell against Sprinkmeyer, 6-1, 7-5.

"I'm very, very proud of the way the team competed today. They showed a lot of toughness, grit and resiliency," first-year Cal Poly head coach Damon Coupe said. "I truly believe that they can compete at the highest level. We battled extremely tough today and once we get healthy, we'll be an extremely tough team to beat."

Cal Poly returns to action when facing top-ranked Stanford at Taube Family Tennis Stadium on Friday, Feb. 24 at 2 p.m. The Mustangs then return home to host Pacific on Mustang Courts on Sunday, Feb. 26 at 10 a.m.