SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Sophomore Grace Olyphant (pictured above) had a three-set match-clinching win as the Cal Poly women's tennis program concluded its senior day in style Sunday by beating Big West foe UC Irvine 4-3.
Sunday was the final home match for the Mustangs' lone senior, Caroline Williams (pictured below), who was celebrated by her coaches and teammates after the match. In her two years at Cal Poly, Williams has won a combined 15 singles and doubles dual matches.
"One of the best life decisions I've ever made was to come to Cal Poly," Williams said after the match. "When it comes to academics, the tennis, my social life, and the friends that I have on this team it's unmatched. I'm really lucky to have been part of it."
Cal Poly started the match determined to conclude Williams' home career with a win. The Mustangs (7-10, 3-4 BWC) won the doubles point after a dominant 6-0 win by junior Emily Louie-Meadors and freshman Emily Ackerman at the No. 1 spot followed by a 6-4 win by Williams and sophomore MacKenzie Worsnop at the No. 3 position.
Louie-Meadors quickly put Cal Poly up 2-0 once singles began. She won her match at the No. 1 spot in straight sets 6-3, 6-1. She is now a team-best 9-4 this season in dual matches.
Worsnop later gave the Mustangs a 3-0 lead over the Anteaters (14-10, 2-5 BWC) with a 6-4, 6-0 win at No. 3 singles.
UC Irvine then came back to cut the Cal Poly lead to 3-2. Olyphant then shut the door on the comeback with a match-clinching 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 win at the No. 4 position. UC Irvine then won at No. 5 singles to make the final score 4-3.
With the win, the Mustangs are now in a tie for fifth place in the Big West standings as of Sunday. They have one more conference match remaining. They will travel to take on Central Coast rival UC Santa Barbara next Saturday, April 20 at 1:30 p.m.