BERKELEY, Calif. – Despite four Mustangs making their spring season debuts, the Cal Poly women's tennis program mustered just one set victory during opening-day action at the California Winter Invitational.
Hosted by the eighth-ranked Golden Bears and a competition that comprises a round-robin format serving as a warmup for the dual match season, Cal Poly opened California Winter Invitational action facing Saint Mary's in singles play. Junior Hannah Stone, seeing her first spring action as a Mustang, recovered from an opening-set loss before ultimately falling to Gael Parminder Kaur, 3-6, 6-1, 1-0 (8). In singles matches involving Cal Poly seniors, Jen Cornea fell against Jenny Julien (6-3, 6-4), Kathryn Webb lost against Jamie Pawid (6-1, 6-1) and Ane McPike dropped a 6-3, 6-3 decision versus Jade Frampton.
Cal Poly juniors Bryn Bacharach and Mika Padmanabhan fell short against, respectively, Liz Searl (6-1, 6-3) and Catherine Leduc (6-4, 6-2). Rounding off Cal Poly's singles efforts was freshman Emily Gibbens, who was on the downside of a 6-2, 6-3 decision versus Danielle Flores.
Facing California in doubles action, Webb and Bacharach posted Cal Poly's closet scoreline, but fell to Ceci Estlander and Kelly Chui, 8-5. Gibbens and Mustang freshman Zoe Oedekerk lost against Klara Fabikova and Lynn Chi (8-3) while McPike and Padmanabhan were shut out by Denise Starr and Zsofi Susanyi. Cornea and Stone also fell to California's Anett Schutting and Maegan Manasse.
Cal Poly resumes California Winter Invitational action on Saturday versus the Golden Bears in singles and Fresno State in doubles.