CAL POLY WOMEN'S TENNIS SEASON PREVIEW VIDEO
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – The 46th-ranked Cal Poly women's tennis program places its 12-match home winning streak on the line when hosting San Jose State on Saturday, Feb. 11 before opening Big West Conference action on Sunday versus No. 64 UC Davis. Both matches get underway at 10 a.m. on Mustang Courts.
The Mustangs (3-1), unbeaten at home since dropping a 5-2 decision against nationally-ranked Long Beach State on April 2, 2010, have been exceptionally dominant to start 2012. During their three dual match victories this spring, the Mustangs have conceded just seven total sets and captured the doubles point in each contest. Cal Poly's lone setback in 2012 was a 7-0 defeat at No. 4 UCLA (Feb. 4).
"We're excited to open up conference play but the San Jose State match will be a tough one to start with," said first-year Cal Poly head coach Damon Coupe (above) regarding Cal Poly, which won a share of 2011 Big West regular season championship after registering a 7-1 conference record. "Our plan remains to focus on the things that we can control, such as competing, attitude and commitment. If we stick to those principles, then we've done all we can. UC Davis is becoming quite a rival for Cal Poly, so I know they will be coming in here looking to cause some damage."
Concurrent with Sunday's match against UC Davis, the Mustang program will host USTA/ITA Campus Kids Day, an initiative designed to expose youths in the community to tennis. In addition to offering hitting prizes and complimentary pizza, youth players attending Sunday's match can join the Mustangs on the court for pre-match preparations.
Following this weekend's home stand, the Mustangs visit Tucson, Ariz., to face the host and 33rd-ranked Wildcats (Feb. 18) before squaring off against North Texas (Feb. 19).
STAY FOR THE DOUBLEHEADER: Following Saturday's women's match against San Jose State, the Mustang men's tennis program will open its home slate versus San Francisco at 2 p.m.