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Mustang Women’s Tennis Returns to Court Versus Ranked Foes

Mustang Women’s Tennis Returns to Court Versus Ranked Foes

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Following its lengthiest break of the spring, a 16-day hiatus that concludes with Wednesday's 2 p.m. matchup at No. 6 Stanford, the Cal Poly women's tennis program returns to the court to face the Cardinal before hosting No. 54 and Big West Conference-leading Long Beach State on Friday, April 6 at 1:30 p.m. on Mustang Courts.

The Mustangs fell to 7-7 in spring dual matches after being edged by Dartmouth at home on March 19, 4-3. Despite the defeat, Cal Poly maintains an significant advantage on Mustangs Courts, having won 15 of its previous 18 home decisions during the previous two-plus seasons. Cal Poly, however, has not defeated Long Beach State (11-5) since producing a 4-1 victory on April 27, 2003 – a triumph that secured the Mustangs their first Big West Conference title and NCAA Division I Championships berth. Cal Poly enters Friday's matchup versus Long Beach State with a 2-2 mark in Big West matches while the 49ers have won 29 of a possible 35 match points en route to compiling a 5-0 conference-leading record.

Prior to hosting Long Beach State, Cal Poly visits a Stanford program that has won 189 of its previous 190 matches against non-conference opposition at Taube Family Tennis Stadium and features four nationally-ranked singles players and two ranked doubles pairings. Cal Poly's last visit to Stanford (13-0) in 2010 ended in a 6-1 loss, a defeat in which current Mustang assistant coach Suzie Matzenauer teamed with four-time All-Big West selection Brittany Blalock to upend Stanford's then-No. 2 ranked doubles team of Lindsay Burdette of Hilary Barte (Blalock also bested Burdette, ranked No. 40 in singles at the time, to earn Big West Player of the Week praise).

Live stats and streaming video from Cal Poly's matchup at Stanford is available HERE.

The Mustangs have topped one ranked opponent in 2012, dealing then-No. 66 Santa Clara a 6-1 defeat on March 11.

Cal Poly completes its three-match home stand when hosting UC Santa Barbara on Tuesday, April 10 at 1 p.m. and UC Riverside on Saturday, April 14 at 11 a.m.