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Gatewood Shines as Mustang Women’s Tennis Bested by Long Beach State

Gatewood Shines as Mustang Women’s Tennis Bested by Long Beach State

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Sophomore Gabby Gatewood (above) produced victories in singles and doubles action, but the Cal Poly women's tennis program opened a three-match home stand on Mustang Courts Friday afternoon with a 6-1 loss against No. 51 and Big West Conference-leading Long Beach State.
 
Cal Poly (7-9, 2-3) opened Friday's match by conceding the doubles point to Long Beach State (12-5, 6-0). Cal Poly senior Jocelyn Davis and junior Alexa Lee fell at No. 1 against Rachel Manasse and Laura Bernard, 8-6, before the Mustang sophomore pairing of Ane McPike and Kathryn Webb yielded an 8-1 decision at No. 2 against Anais Dallara and Klaudia Malenovska. Gatewood, however, combined with freshman Ireen Kuipers to edge Sarah Cantlay and Julie Luzar at No. 3, 8-6.
 
In singles action, Lee fell at No. 1 against Dallara, 6-4, 6-4, before Davis dropped a 6-3, 7-5 decision at No. 2 against Manasse. Webb was overturned at No. 3 by Bernard, 6-2, 6-3, before Gatewood salvaged Cal Poly's lone point of the afternoon at No. 4 by rallying to defeat Cantlay, 6-4, 5-7, 1-0. Kuipers lost a 6-1, 7-6 match at No. 5 against Malenovska before Luzar overcame a first-set deficit to best McPike at No. 6, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3.
 
"We battled hard, but just didn't take the big points when we needed them," first-year Cal Poly head coach Damon Coupe said. "Overall, we feel good about how we played."

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.
 
No. 51 Long Beach State 6, Cal Poly 1
Mustang Courts (San Luis Obispo, Calif.)
April 6, 2012
 
Doubles
1. Manasse/Bernard (LBSU) def. Lee/Davis (CP), 8-6
2. Dallara/Malenovska (LBSU) def. McPike/Webb (CP), 8-1
3. Gatewood/Kuipers (CP) def. Cantlay/Luzar (CP), 8-6

Singles
1. Anais Dallara (LBSU) def. Alexa Lee (CP), 6-4, 6-4
2. Rachel Manasse (LBSU) def. Jocelyn Davis (CP), 6-3, 7-5
3. Laura Bernard (LBSU) def. Kathryn Webb (CP), 6-2, 6-3
4. Gabby Gatewood (CP) def. Sarah Cantlay (LBSU) 6-4, 5-7, 1-0
5. Klaudia Malenovska (LBSU) def. Ireen Kuipers (CP), 6-1, 7-6
6. Julie Luzar (LBSU) def. Ane McPike (CP), 4-6, 6-2, 6-3