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Eighth-Seeded Cal Poly Overwhelms UC Riverside, 4-0

Eighth-Seeded Cal Poly Overwhelms UC Riverside, 4-0

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. – The Cal Poly women's tennis team advanced to the quarterfinals of the Big West Conference Tournament after a 4-0 win over UC Riverside Thursday morning at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. The Mustangs – who entered the tournament as the eighth seed – advanced to the second round on Friday to take on first-seeded Long Beach State (No. 40 in most recent ITA rankings) after defeating UC Riverside for the second time in less than a week.

Cal Poly led from the onset, grabbing the doubles point with victories from redshirt sophomore Louise Oxnevad and junior Dane Joubert, 8-1 over Karla Dulay and Tamilla Vaksman at No. 1 and an 8-0 whitewashing of UCR's Kassie Truong and Caroline Hall courtesy of redshirt freshman Zoe Oedekerk and freshman Molly Reed in the third spot.

Oedekerk and Reed improved their doubles record to 7-2 overall, including 5-2 at No. 3, while Oxnevad and Joubert collected their third win as a pair this season in the first position.

Individually, Cal Poly didn't let up against the Highlanders, using three straight-set wins to clinch the match early. Oedekerk beat Vaksman in consecutive sets (6-1, 6-0) to provide Cal Poly with a 2-0 advantage. Reed then dispatched Dulay in the third position (6-1, 6-2) and Mustang senior Hannah Stone used a two-set decision (6-1, 6-0) over Hall for the final tally.

Cal Poly's Oxnevad had her battle against Chloe Pham at No. 1 halted early, as did sophomore Emily Gibbens in the second spot against UCR's Courtney Pattugalan. Mustang sophomore Sayaka Sugai also watched her matchup ended prematurely at No. 6 against Kassie Truong when Stone clinched the shutout for Cal Poly.

Cal Poly's Reed and Stone both collected their second straight singles victories and Reed (pictured) improved to an impressive 7-1 in the third spot this season. Oedekerk picked up her fifth triumph at No. 5 singles and continues to lead the team with 13 victories.

Cal Poly head coach Damon Coupe was impressed with the way his team began the match against the Highlanders on Thursday.

"We came out and really played hard at the start of today's match," Coupe said. "It was a really nice start to the tournament for us."

Cal Poly (5-15) advanced to face top-seeded Long Beach State at 8 a.m. Friday in the quarterfinal round. The 40th-ranked 49ers defeated the Mustangs earlier this season, 6-1.

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Singles
1. Louise Oxnevad (CP) vs. Chloe Pham (UCR) unfinished
2. Emily Gibbens (CP) vs. Courtney Pattugalan (UCR) unfinished
3. Molly Reed (CP) def. Karla Dulay (UCR) 6-1, 6-2
4. Hannah Stone (CP) def. Caroline Hall (UCR) 6-1, 6-0
5. Zoe Oedekerk (CP) def. Tamilla Vaksman (UCR) 6-1, 6-0
6. Sayaka Tsugai (CP) vs. Kassie Truong (UCR) unfinished

Doubles
1. Louise Oxnevad/Danè Joubert (CP) def. Karla Dulay/Tamilla Vaksman (UCR) 8-1
2. Emily Gibbens/Hannah Stone (CP) vs. Chloe Pham/Courtney Pattugalan (UCR) unfinished
3. Zoe Oedekerk/Molly Reed (CP) def. Kassie Truong/Caroline Hall (UCR) 8-0