No. 66 Cal Poly Slides Past Santa Clara, 5-2
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – The 66th-ranked Cal Poly women's tennis program produced its second victory during a 24-hour span and dealt Santa Clara its second defeat in 12 spring outings as the Mustangs prevailed against the Broncos at Degheri Tennis Courts on Monday afternoon, 5-2.
Cal Poly (7-3), which downed San Francisco on Sunday, opened Monday's match at Santa Clara (10-2) by capturing the doubles point for the 25th time during the program's previous 33 outings. Junior Amy Markhoff and sophomore Alexa Lee opened Cal Poly's victory at No. 1 by downing Katie Le and Jessica Agra, 8-2. At No. 2, Cal Poly senior Ashley Pane and junior Jocelyn Davis faced a 6-1 deficit versus Maggie McGeorge and Kelly Lamble before rallying for an 8-6 win. The Mustang freshman partnership of Florence Lehane and Gabrielle Gatewood triumphed by the same at No. 3 after trailing Kacie Wagner and Alex Zaniewski, 5-2.
In singles play, Lee trailed Santa Clara's Le at No. 1, 4-0, before being forced to retire through illness. Pane dropped Cal Poly's other decision at No. 2 versus Lamble, 6-3, 6-1. Lehane (above), however, returned to down Zaniewski at No. 4, 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (11-9), before Mustang freshman Jennifer Cornea topped Wagner at No. 4, 6-3, 7-5. Davis continued Cal Poly's resurgence at No. 5 by downing McGeorge, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4, before freshman Kathryn Webb rounded the Mustang triumph with a 6-3, 6-2 win at No. 6 versus Agra.
"The match was close and hard-fought and I thought we won a great doubles point. Coming back to win at both No. 2 and 3 was a big momentum swing for us," said 11th-year head coach Hugh Bream, whose Mustangs continue their five-match road trip and Big West Conference slate at UC Santa Barbara on Saturday, Feb. 26. "Santa Clara then came back and got up on us in singles before Lehane and Davis pulled out some tough three-setters for us."