SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Despite grabbing the early momentum by taking the doubles point, the Cal Poly women's tennis team was defeated by 71st-ranked Hawai'i, 4-2 on Monday afternoon at Mustang Courts in San Luis Obispo. The Mustangs fell to 0-3 in Big West Conference action this season, but impressed head coach Damon Coupe with their play to start the match.
Cal Poly senior Hannah Stone and sophomore Emily Gibbens combined on an 8-4 win over Hawai'i's Paulina Petriskova and Klàra Pribylovà at No. 2 doubles. The tandem of redshirt freshman Zoe Oedekerk and freshman Molly Reed ousted Viktoria Malova and Sarah Gealer, 8-5, which clinched the doubles point for the Mustangs.
"I was proud of the way we came out in doubles and took it to Hawai'i at the start of the match today," Coupe said.
Hawai'i then took control of the match with singles victories in the first and second positions, including a win by the ITA's 68th-ranked player, Cindy Nguyen, over Louise Oxnevad in the No. 1 spot, 6-0 and 6-4. Malova then defeated Gibbens at No. 2, 7-6 and 6-1, to provide the Rainbow Wahine a lead it would not relinquish. The Rainbow Wahine improved to 3-2 in conference play after the victory.
Cal Poly freshman Molly Reed (pictured) won her third consecutive singles match with a straight-set (6-3, 6-3) decision over Martina Kostalova at the third position. Reed improved to 6-4 overall this season in singles and remained unbeaten at No. 3 (3-0). Her play also received complimentary praise from Coupe after the loss.
"Congrats to Molly on another good win," Coupe replied. "She's playing with a ton of confidence right now and it's showing in her victories."
Cal Poly's Stone fell to Petriskova (6-1, 6-2) in the fourth position and sophomore Sayaka Tsugai was downed by Rebecca Faltusz (6-1, 6-3) at No. 6 to provide UH with its final piece to victory.
"We fought together as a team this afternoon," Coupe added. "Hat's off to Hawai'i, they won on the road, which is never easy."
Cal Poly (2-10) plays its next two matches on the road, starting at 10 a.m. Wednesday against Portland and finishing at 10 a.m. Thursday against Seattle University in a neutral site match.
1. #68 Cindy Nguyen (UH) def. Louise Oxnevad (CP) 6-0, 6-4
2. Viktoria Malova (UH) def. Emily Gibbens (CP) 7-6, 6-1
3. Molly Reed (CP) def. Martina Kostalova (UH) 6-3, 6-3
4. Paulina Petriskova (UH) def. Hannah Stone (CP) 6-1, 6-2
5. Zoe Oedekerk (CP) vs. Sarah Gealer (UH) 6-1, 0-6, unfinished
6. Rebecca Faltusz (UH) def. Sayaka Tsugai (CP) 6-1, 6-3
1. Danè Joubert/Louise Oxnevad (CP) vs. Cindy Nguyen/Martina Kostalova (UH) unfinished
2. Hannah Stone/Emily Gibbens (CP) def. Paulina Petriskova/Klara Pribylova (UH) 8-4
3. Zoe Oedekerk/Molly Reed (CP) def. Viktoria Malova/Sarah Gealer (UH) 8-5