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Cal Poly Earns Road Trip Split After 6-1 Victory Over Seattle

Cal Poly Earns Road Trip Split After 6-1 Victory Over Seattle

PORTLAND, Ore. – The Cal Poly women's tennis team earned a split during its two-day road trip to Portland, Oregon on Thursday with a 6-1 win over Seattle at the Louisiana Pacific Tennis Center in a neutral site matchup. The victory provides Cal Poly with its second win over the past four matches and gives the team momentum heading into three Big West Conference home affairs that begin next Thursday.

After a tough start to the road trip, Cal Poly head coach Damon Coupe was pleased with the way his team responded today after Wednesday's loss to Portland.

"We recognized the mistakes yesterday and focused on making those corrections today," Coupe said after the win.

Cal Poly bundled the early momentum with consecutive doubles victories in the second and third positions, including a 6-3 decision from redshirt freshman Zoe Oedekerk and freshman Molly Reed over Kailyn Skjonsby and Madison Maloney at No. 3. It was the third doubles win in a row for the pairing of Oedekerk and Reed, who remained unbeaten (3-0) together this season.

Mustang sophomore Emily Gibbens and senior Hannah Stone picked up a 6-1 win over Michelle Lui and Kelli Woodman at No. 2 doubles, which shifted the first point of the match in Cal Poly's favor. The combination of Gibbens and Stone are now 2-3 in the second doubles position this season.

After obtaining the initial point, Cal Poly kept the pressure on Seattle, collecting five of the six singles matches overall. Coupe mentioned his team began the match exactly how it had planned – seize the early control and continue with singles pressure.

"We came out and did the things we wanted to do today," Coupe replied.

Cal Poly redshirt sophomore Louise Oxnevad won her matchup at No. 1 over SU's Woodman (6-2, 6-4) and sophomore Gibbens used a straight set (6-4, 6-0) decision over Lui to provide the Mustangs with a 3-0 advantage. Gibbens won her second match during the last four and improved to 4-4 in the second position.

Cal Poly freshman Molly Reed dispatched Barbara Carey (6-4, 6-2) at No. 3 and Oedekerk won a straight set decision (6-2, 7-5) over Sari Kwee in the fifth position. With the victory, Reed has now collected wins in four of her last five singles matches and is 4-1 in the third position this season. Oedekerk improved to 3-2 at No. 5 and 6-3 overall.

Mustang sophomore Sayaka Tsugai (pictured) didn't concede one point during her straight set (6-0, 6-0) ousting of Audrey Scott at No. 6. The win was Tsugai's first this season as she improved to 1-3 when occupying the sixth spot.

Cal Poly (3-11) heads home to prepare for the continuation of Big West Conference play with a noon matchup on Thursday, April 2 against Cal State Fullerton at Mustang Courts.

Admission at Mustang Courts is free. 

Singles  
1. Louise Oxnevad (CP) def. Kelli Woodman (SU) 6-2, 6-4
2. Emily Gibbens (CP) def. Michelle Lui (SU) 6-4, 6-0
3. Molly Reed (CP) def. Barbara Carey (SU) 6-4, 6-2
4. Madison Maloney (SU) def. Hannah Stone (CP) 6-4, 6-1
5. Zoe Oedekerk (CP) def. Sari Kwee (SU) 6-2, 7-5
6. Sayaka Tsugai (CP) def. Audrey Scott (SU) 6-0, 6-0

Doubles
1. Louise Oxnevad/Danè Joubert (CP) vs. Kristen James/Sari Kwee (SU) unfinished
2. Emily Gibbens/Hannah Stone (CP) def. Michelle Lui/Kelli Woodman (SU) 6-1
3. Zoe Oedekerk/Molly Reed (CP) def. Kailyn Skjonsby/Madison Maloney (SU) 6-3