RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Senior Caroline Williams (pictured) had the match-clinching singles win as the Cal Poly women's tennis team picked up its first Big West victory of the season Monday, beating UC Riverside 4-3 on the road.
The Mustangs (4-6, 1-2 BWC) began by taking the doubles point after a 6-1 win by the No. 1 pairing of junior Emily Louie-Meadors and freshman Emily Ackerman and a 7-5 win at No. 3 doubles by Williams and sophomore MacKenzie Worsnop.
After UC Riverside won at No. 2 singles to tie the score at 1-1, junior Claire Bouquet gave Cal Poly the lead back after a 6-2, 6-3 win at the No. 6 spot. Louie-Meadors followed suit shortly thereafter with a comeback 3-6, 7-6 (3), 6-0 win at No. 1 singles.
The Highlanders (2-7) later tied the score at 3-3 with wins at No. 3 and No. 4 singles, forcing a deciding match at No. 5 singles. Williams won the first set over Hanh Pham before Pham won the second to force a third set. Williams came in clutch in the third, taking it 6-2 to seal the win for the Mustangs.
Cal Poly returns home for a non-conference match against Sacramento State Saturday at 10 a.m. from Mustang Tennis Complex. Saturday's match will also be a 'Pink Day' match. The team will be donning pink in their uniforms and all fans who attend are encouraged to wear pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness and supporting junior Susanne Boyden's mother, who is battling the disease.