INDIAN WELLS, Calif. — The Cal Poly women's tennis team came back from down 0-2 against UC Davis to win 4-3 in the quarterfinals of the Big West Conference Tournament at Indian Wells Tennis Garden and advance to the semifinals for the first time since 2010.
The Mustangs lost the doubles point after the Aggies won on both courts 1 and 3 to take a 1-0 lead.
Davis took a 2-0 to start off singles after a win at the No. 5 spot. Cal Poly would take over from there, winning 4 of final five matches.
Senior Molly Reed got the Mustangs on the board after winning 6-3, 6-3 over Lani-Rae Green at the No. 3 position. The Aggies then took a 3-1 lead after a win at the No. 6 slot.
Cal Poly would continue to fight and get it back to 3-2 after sophomore Susanne Boyden took down Kristina Breisacher in three sets 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 at the No. 2 spot.
Freshman MacKenzie Worsnop tied it at 3-3 after she beat Kristy Jorgensen in three very close sets 6-4, 4-6, 7-5.
It would all come down to freshman Grace Olyphant at the No. 4 position. After dropping the first set 4-6, she would come back and take the next two 6-4, 6-4 to secure the 4-3 win for the Mustangs.
"I'm so proud of the team for their effort and fight in singles," head coach Kat Winterhalter said. "They played with a lot of heart and deserve this. Susanne and Grace fought back after losing their first sets. It was big for Molly to get on the board for us. Then to have two freshmen get the win in three sets and Grace clinch it is huge."
The win is the first for Cal Poly since 2016 when it beat UC Riverside in the first round.
The Mustangs advance to take on Cal State Fullerton in the semifinals Saturday at 9:30 a.m. A live stat link will be posted on GoPoly.com. In their lone meeting this season, the Titans, who are the No. 3 seed, beat the Mustangs 4-1 at home.