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Cal Poly Women’s Tennis Edges Pacific, 4-3

Cal Poly Women’s Tennis Edges Pacific, 4-3

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Despite dropping the doubles point to Pacific on Saturday afternoon at Mustang Courts, the Cal Poly women's tennis team stormed back in singles action with four victories to rally for a 4-3 triumph against the Tigers.

"This was a total team effort today," third-year Mustang head coach Damon Coupe said. "We proved to ourselves that we can come back and win after falling behind. Congratulations go to Mika Padmanabhan for a tough battle under pressure to clinch the match."

In doubles action, the Mustang freshmen duo of Emily Gibbens and Sayaka Tsugai (right) produced Cal Poly's lone win at No. 3 with an 8-2 decision versus Daria Labintseva and Christiana Ferrari. At the No. 1 position, Mustang seniors Jennifer Cornea and Ane McPike fell against Hana Ritterova and Regina Suarez (8-5) while, at No. 2, Cal Poly senior Kathryn Webb and Padmanabhan fell by the same score versus Christina Saenz de Buruaga Ruiz and Iveta Masarova.

Cornea bounced back in singles action at the top position to roll past Masarova (6-2, 6-2). After winning the first set, Gibbens fell at No. 2 against Ritterova, 6-4, 3-6, 6-1. Padmanabhan pulled out the aforementioned 3-6, 6-3, 6-1 win at No. 3 versus Ruiz while Webb kept Cal Poly in position with a 6-3, 6-4 victory at No. 4 over Ferrari. McPike fell at No. 5 versus Dean (6-1, 6-1), but Tsugai bested Suarez (6-4, 6-4) at No. 6 to help clinch Cal Poly's 4-3 win.

Cal Poly (3-5) contests part two of its seven-match home stand on Sunday, March 9 when facing Big West Conference foe UC Davis at 2 p.m.

Cal Poly 4, Pacific 3
Mustang Courts (San Luis Obispo, Calif.)
March 8, 2014

1. Hana Ritterova/Regina Suarez (PAC) def. Jennifer Cornea/Ane McPike (CP), 8-5
2. C. Saenz de Buruaga/Iveta Masarova (PAC) def. Mika Padmanabhan/Kathryn Webb (CP), 8-5
3. Emily Gibbens/Sayaka Tsugai (CP) def. Daria Labintseva/Christiana Ferrari (PAC), 8-2

1. Jennifer Cornea (CP) def. Iveta Masarova (PAC), 6-2, 6-2
2. Hana Ritterova (PAC) def. Emily Gibbens (CP), 6-4, 3-6, 6-1
3. Mika Padmanabhan (CP) def. C. Saenz de Buruaga (PAC), 3-6, 6-3, 6-1
4. Kathryn Webb (CP) def. Christiana Ferrari (PAC), 6-3, 6-4
5. Francis Dean (PAC) def. Ane McPike (CP), 6-1, 6-1
6. Sayaka Tsugai (CP) def. Regina Suarez (PAC), 6-4, 6-4