DAVIS, Calif. – Despite being without three of their top singles players, the Cal Poly women's tennis team took a 2-1 lead early against UC Davis, but was ousted 4-3 on Saturday afternoon at Mayra Welch Tennis Center. All three of Cal Poly's singles victories this afternoon came from players who were competing out of their normal positions.
After two consecutive rainouts and two weeks without a single match, the Mustangs were forced to shuffle around their singles setup on Saturday due to several key injuries.
The Aggies grabbed the early momentum by snatching the doubles point. The Cal Poly tandem of sophomore Sayaka Tsugai and freshman Molly Reed – who moved to No. 2 doubles after several injuries – ousted Tiffany Pham and Jessica Lee, 8-5 to improve to 4-3 in doubles this season.
"We played really tough today with so many players missing the match due to injury," Cal Poly fourth-year head coach Damon Coupe said.
The advantage shifted towards Cal Poly when redshirt sophomore Louise Oxnevad defeated Pham in straight sets, 6-1, 6-1 at No. 1 singles and Reed outlasted Kristy Jorgensen, 7-5, 6-1 at the No. 2 position. Oxneved won her first match at the No. 1 spot this season and Reed – who competed at No. 2 singles for the first time this season – improved to 4-11 overall.
"We had a lot of players who competed out of their normal positions today," Coupe admitted. "I'm so proud of the effort our team gave today."
The next three singles points, however, went to UC Davis, who collected a 4-2 lead before Cal Poly's redshirt freshman Zoe Oedekerk won her second straight singles match overall, 7-5, 2-6, 6-2 over Jorgensen. Oedekerk competed at the No. 3 singles position for the first time this season.
"We just came up just a bit short today," Coupe said. "But I was impressed with how we battled to the bitter end, we competed our hearts out."
Cal Poly (1-7, 0-2) continues its road trip at 11 a.m. Sunday against Pacific at Hal Nelson Courts in Stockton.