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February 26, 2012

No. 55 Cal Poly Earns First Big West Win of 2012

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – The Cal Poly women's tennis program captured the doubles point for the sixth time in nine spring matches and prevailed during the final four singles contests on Sunday as the Mustangs evened their Big West Conference record with a 5-2 victory against Pacific on Mustang Courts.

Winners of 14 of their previous 15 home matches, Cal Poly (5-4, 1-1) opened Sunday's bout with senior Jocelyn Davis and junior Alexa Lee prevailing at No. 1 doubles against Iveta Masarova and Julia Hansen, 8-5. Mustang sophomores Kathryn Webb and Ane McPike (above) posted an 8-2 victory at No. 2 against Gergana Boncheva and Summer Irvin before Cal Poly sophomore Gabby Gatewood and freshman Ireen Kuipers rounded off the doubles sweep by sailing past Susan Te and Regina Suarez at No. 3, 8-6.

In singles action, Lee dropped a 7-6, 6-2 decision at No. 1 against Masarova before Davis fell at No. 2 versus Hansen, 4-6, 7-6. 1-0. The Mustangs, however, prevailed in the final four singles matches to round off their victory. At No. 3, Mustang sophomore Jen Cornea rallied for a 6-2, 5-7, 6-2 win against Te before Webb hit her way past Boncheva at No. 4, 6-2, 6-0. Gatewood returned at No. 5 to best Irvin, 7-6, 7-5, before McPike topped Suarez at No. 6, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3.

"I thought that we competed very hard today as a team and used everyone's energy to work together and foster support," first-year Cal Poly head coach Damon Coupe said. "We knew it was going to be a tough match and knew we were going to have to play complete matches because Pacific doesn't go away. I'm proud of the effort that we put toward that goal."

Cal Poly returns to the court for a pair of Big West matches at Cal State Fullerton (Saturday, March 3) and No. 54 UC Irvine (March 4). Both matches get underway at 11 a.m.