INDIAN WELLS – Looking to advance at the Big West Conference Championships for the first time in four seasons, the seventh-seeded Cal Poly women's tennis program was eliminated from contention in a shortened match by second-seeded and 68th-ranked UC Irvine at Indian Wells Tennis Garden, 4-0.
In doubles action on Friday morning, Cal Poly's senior tandem of Mika Padmanabhan and Kathryn Webb (right) fell at the No. 2 position to UC Irvine's Brooke Schweyer and Sarah Gong, 8-2. Teaming at the No. 3 spot, freshman Sayaka Tsugai and senior Ane McPike fell to Sarah Stadfelt and Kat Facey, 8-1. With the doubles point finalized, the No. 1 match between Mustang senior Jennifer Cornea and junior Hannah Stone and UC Irvine's Ali Facey and Franziska Goettsching remained unfinished.
Returning in singles play, Padmanabhan dropped a 6-0, 6-1 decision at No. 2 to Marivick Mamiit while, at the third position, Stone was on the downside to Goettsching, 6-2, 6-2. UC Irvine rounded off its victory at the No. 5 spot as Kat Facey bested McPike, 6-2, 6-1.
With the match in hand, the bouts at No. 1 (Cornea-Gong), No. 4 (Ali Facey-Webb) and No. 6 (Stadfelt-Tsugai) were left unfinished.
Cal Poly closed the 2014 spring schedule with a 6-11.
With its victory, UC Irvine (16-6) advanced to face third-seeded Hawai'i in one of Saturday's 9 a.m. semifinal matchups. The Rainbow Wahine ousted Cal State Northridge earlier Friday, 4-2.
No. 68 UC Irvine 4, Cal Poly 0
Big West Conference Championships
Indian Wells Tennis Gardens (Indian Wells, Calif.)
April 25, 2014
1. Ali Facey/Fran. Goettsching (UCI) vs. Jennifer Cornea/Hannah Stone (CP), uf
2. Brooke Schweyer/Sarah Gong (UCI) def. Mika Padmanabhan/Kathryn Webb (CP), 8-2
3. Kat Facey/Sarah Stadfelt (UCI) def. Sayaka Tsugai/Ane McPike (CP), 8-1
1. Sarah Gong (UCI) vs. Jennifer Cornea (CP), uf
2. Marivick Mamiit (UCI) def. Mika Padmanabhan (CP), 6-0, 6-1
3. Fran. Goettsching (UCI) def. Hannah Stone (CP), 6-2, 6-2
4. Ali Facey (UCI) vs. Kathryn Webb (CP), uf
5. Kat Facey (UCI) def. Ane McPike (CP), 6-2, 6-1
6. Sarah Stadfelt (UCI) vs. Sayaka Tsugai (CP), uf