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Cornea Leads Cal Poly on Opening Day of ITA Regional

Cornea Leads Cal Poly on Opening Day of ITA Regional

PALO ALTO, Calif. – Senior Jen Cornea won twice to advance to the singles bracket round of 32 at the Stanford-hosted ITA Northwest Regional Championships and the Mustang women's tennis program went undefeated in doubles play to highlight Cal Poly's Friday action at Taube Family Tennis Stadium.

Cornea opened the day by easing past Liz Searl of Saint Mary's in her opening-round match, 6-3, 6-4. She returned in the afternoon to advance to the round of 32 by besting San Francisco's Milica Hadzi-Tanovic, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4. Cornea will face 16th-seeded Maegan Manasse of California in round of 32 action on Saturday at 10 a.m. 

Also winning her first match Friday was senior Kathryn Webb, who opened with a 6-4, 6-3 dispatching of Washington's Andjela Nemcevic. Webb, however, was ousted from contention by seventh-seeded Klara Fabikova of Caifornia, 6-1, 6-2.

Similarly, Mustang freshman Emily Gibbens bested Washington's Natali Coronel in the opening round, 6-2, 7-6(6). Gibbens, however, faltered in the round of 64 against second-seeded Anett Schutting of California, 4-6, 6-3, 7-5. 

Cal Poly senior Ane McPike advanced to the round of 64 after her opening opponent – Nicole Koehly of UC Davis – retired through injury. McPike, however, dropped a 4-6, 6-2, 7-5 decision against Fresno State's Anneka Watts.

Junior Bryn Bacharach dropped her opening-round match against Oregon's Lina Akesson, 6-0, 6-3. 

After capturing the first set, Mustang junior Mika Padmanabhan fell in her opening-round match against Washington's Riko Shimizu, 3-6, 6-1, 6-1.

In doubles action, all three of Cal Poly's tandems advanced into the round of 32 through 8-5 scorelines. Gibbens and Bacharach opened Cal Poly's doubles efforts by topping Washington's Sophia Bott and Coronel, 8-5, before Cornea and McPike slid past Pacific's Gregana Boncheva and Iveta Masarova. Webb and Padmanabhan closed the day by triumphing against Portland State's Megan Govi and Alexa McDonald. 

All three doubles teams return to action at 9 a.m. on Saturday.