SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – The Cal Poly women's tennis team was defeated by CSUN, 4-3 on Friday afternoon at Mustangs Courts during a Big West Conference match that had been postponed earlier this season due to weather. The Matadors snatched the doubles point early, only to see the Mustangs come back and capture three of the first five singles matchups, setting up the marathon finish.
72nd-ranked CSUN's Criss Rodriguez was forced to a third set by Cal Poly senior Hannah Stone at No. 4, and clinched the match with a three-set victory (7-5, 1-6, 6-3).
"This was one of the best college tennis matches that I've ever been a part of," Cal Poly head coach Damon Coupe said. "The quality of tennis, the energy and the competition was so high."
During doubles action to open the afternoon, Cal Poly redshirt sophomore Louise Oxnevad and junior Dane Joubert were outlasted by Mickey Hsu and Kristen Poei, 8-5, only to have the Mustang duo of sophomore Emily Gibbens and Stone fight back and win, 8-6 over Vivian Lin and Ki Kim in the second position. With the doubles point even at one apiece, CSUN's Rodriguez and Jessica Warren outslugged Cal Poly's tandem of redshirt freshman Zoe Oedekerk and freshman Molly Reed, 8-7, to swing the early momentum in the favor of the Matadors.
Cal Poly earned three singles victories – at the first three positions – which included the third consecutive victory at No. 1 for Oxnevad over Hsu in three sets (3-6, 6-3, 6-4). In the second position, Gibbens downed Lin during a trio of sets (7-6, 4-6, 6-1) and Reed defeated Kim in straight sets (6-4, 6-2) at No. 3. Reed improved to 6-1 in the third position this season, while Gibbens evened her singles record at 5-5 overall.
Cal Poly's Oedekerk fell to Warren at No. 5 in two sets (6-1, 6-4) and sophomore Sayaka Tsugai lost to Poei in three (6-2, 4-6, 6-3), which evened the match at three-all. Stone and Rodriguez's matchup came down to the final set, which sealed the Matador victory.
Coupe was complimentary of the crowd that took in Friday's match, as the Mustangs closed their home portion of the season with a 2-9 record.
"I want to thank the great fans that were out here this afternoon," Coupe added. "It was loud today and really kept our team going during a tight match."
The Mustangs (3-14, 0-6) continue Big West Conference action with a 10:30 a.m. Blue-Green matchup at UC Santa Barbara next Saturday, April 18.
1. Louise Oxnevad (CP) def. Mickey Hsu (CSUN) 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
2. Emily Gibbens (CP) def. Vivian Lin (CSUN) 7-6, 4-6, 6-1
3. Molly Reed (CP) def. Kiryang Kim (CSUN) 6-4, 6-2
4. Criss Rodriguez (CSUN) def. Hannah Stone (CP) 7-5, 1-6, 6-3
5. Jessica Warren (CSUN) def. Zoe Oedekerk (CP) 6-1, 6-4
6. Kristen Poei (CSUN) def. Sayaka Tsugai (CP) 6-2, 4-6, 6-3
1. Mickey Hsu/Kristen Poei (CSUN) def. Louise Oxnevad/Danè Joubert (CP) 8-5
2. Emily Gibbens/Hannah Stone (CP) def. Vivian Lin/Kiryang Kim (CSUN) 8-6
3. Criss Rodriguez/Jessica Warren (CSUN) def. Zoe Oedekerk/Molly Reed (CP) 8-7