Eighth-Seeded Cal Poly Eliminated by Long Beach State

Eighth-Seeded Cal Poly Eliminated by Long Beach State

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. – The Cal Poly women's tennis team had its stay in the Big West Conference Tournament ended after a 4-0 loss to top-seeded Long Beach State during the quarterfinal round on Friday morning at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Cal Poly finishes the season 5-16 overall, having won two out of its final three matches, while the 49ers advanced to the semifinal round on Saturday.

40th-ranked Long Beach State collected the doubles point after the duo of Ebba Unden and Hayley Thompson dispatched Louise Oxnevad and Dane Joubert, 8-5 at No. 1 and the tandem of Karolina Rozenberg and Laura Eales outlasted Cal Poly's Emily Gibbens and Hannah Stone, 8-4 in the second position. The Mustang pair of Zoe Oedekerk and Molly Reed had their matchup against Maeva Razakasoa and Julie Gerard halted at No. 3 when the 49ers won the doubles point.

As a combination this season, Reed and Oedekerk finished an impressive 7-2 overall and 5-2 in the third spot, while Gibbens and Stone earned four doubles wins as a pair. Oxnevad and Joubert, when paired together this season, finished with three triumphs (all at No. 1).

Individually, Long Beach State utilized three two-set victories to capture the match early after snatching the doubles point.

Unden defeated Cal Poly's Gibbens in the second position (6-3, 6-1), providing the 49ers with a 2-0 lead. Eales used a straight-set decision (6-4, 6-0) to down beat Mustang sophomore Sayaka Tsugai at No. 6 and Cal Poly's Reed fell to Gerard in successive sets (6-3, 6-1) in the third position for the clincher.

Reed finishes her freshman season for Cal Poly with 11 singles victories – good for second-most on the team – and won the most matchups in a single position this year (7-2 record at No. 3). Cal Poly's Gibbens concluded the season with eight singles successes (third-most on the team) and Tsugai was on the winning side of her singles matchups seven times.

Cal Poly's Oxnevad had her battle with Razakasoa in the first position ended prematurely due to Long Beach State's shutout win, as did both Stone at No. 4 (against LBSU's Thompson) and Oedekerk at No. 5 (against Rozenberg), respectively.

Stone (pictured) ends her Mustang career with six singles victories during her senior season (including two in a row), Oxnevad finished 5-7 in the first position and ended up with six wins overall, while Oedekerk won a team-best 13 singles matchups this season.

Cal Poly head coach Damon Coupe was extremely complimentary of his team and is excited about the future of Mustang women's tennis.

"I couldn't be more proud of the way this team finished the season," Coupe said. "They never got down, came to work hard every day and supported each other completely. We have some great things to build on for the future."

1. Maeva Razakasoa (LBSU) vs. Louise Oxnevad (CP) 6-1, unfinished
2. Ebba Unden (LBSU) def. Emily Gibbens (CP) 6-3, 6-1
3. Julie Gerard (LBSU) def. Molly Reed (CP) 6-3, 6-1
4. Hayley Thompson (LBSU) vs. Hannah Stone (CP) 6-2, unfinished
5. Karolina Rozenberg (LBSU) vs. Zoe Oedekerk (CP) 6-1, unfinished
6. Laura Eales (LBSU) def. Sayaka Tsugai (CP) 6-4, 6-0

1. Ebba Unden/Hayley Thompson (LBSU) def. Louise Oxnevad/Danè Joubert (CP) 8-5
2. Karolina Rozenberg/Laura Eales (LBSU) def. Emily Gibbens/Hannah Stone (CP) 8-4
3. Maeva Razakasoa/Julie Gerard (LBSU) vs. Zoe Oedekerk/Molly Reed (CP) unfinished