PALO ALTO, Calif. – Highlighted by a pair of Main Draw bracket singles victories by junior Ane McPike (right) and freshman Sophia Bott, the Cal Poly women's tennis team posted a combined 7-2 mark in singles and doubles action during Friday's opening round at the Stanford-hosted ITA Northwest Regional Championships.
McPike opened Cal Poly's day by dealing Oregon's Lana Buttner a 5-7, 7-5, 6-2 defeat before advancing to the round of 32 by sweeping past Washington State's Charlotte Koning, 6-3, 6-3.
Also advancing to the round of 32 was Bott, who topped California's Kelly Chui, 6-3, 6-3, before returning in her second match to down Gonzaga's Prue Teitzel, 6-4, 6-4.
Freshman Louise Oxnevad opened her Friday by topping Santa Clara's Jessica Agra, 6-2, 6-2. Oxnevad, however, returned in the afternoon and fell against Oregon's Patricia Skowronski, 4-6, 6-2, 6-1.
In Cal Poly's remaining singles match, junior Kathryn Webb – after receiving an opening round bye – fell against Megan Heneghan of UC Davis, 6-2, 6-0.
Webb, however, started her day in Main Draw doubles action and partnered with McPike and defeat Sacramento State's Saskia Angerer and Siobhan Ryan, 8-2, and advance to the round of 32. Bott and Oxnevad also prevailed in their doubles match, reaching the round of 32 with an 8-4 triumph against Eastern Washington's Chelsea Patton and Helon Ricks.
"We enjoyed a great effort by everyone today," second-year Mustang head coach Damon Coupe said. "We came out playing aggressive in doubles and those victories carried over to singles."
Action continues in Main Draw and Consolation singles and doubles brackets on Saturday morning.