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June 8, 2012

Mustang Women’s Tennis Incoming Class Receives National Praise

SAN LUIS OBISPO – Tennisrecruiting.net shined a spotlight on the Cal Poly women's tennis program's incoming freshman class on Friday morning with the two-player tandem of Sophia Bott (San Clemente, Calif. / San Clemente HS) and Louise Oxnevad (Queenstown, New Zealand / Te Kura Pounamu school) ranked No. 4 among the site's Top 25 Mid-Major Women's Recruiting Classes.

The highest-ranked Big West Conference program on the chart, Cal Poly trailed only top-ranked Georgia State, Texas-Arlington and Tulane. Among Big West schools, only UC Irvine (No. 6) and Pacific (No. 23) joined the Mustangs in making the cut. More than 50 programs and 750 players were reviewed for the rankings.

The complete rankings can be viewed HERE.

"We're excited about the future of the Cal Poly women's tennis program," second-year head coach Damon Coupe said. "Sophia and Louise will have an instant impact on our program and keep us headed in the right direction."

Bott (above), currently ranked No. 53 among tennisrecruiting.net's list of the top high school players in the class of 2012, is a two-time All-South Coast selection and three-time league singles finalist. This past fall, she reached the quarterfinals of the California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section Individual Championships. Bott competed at the International School of Beaverton (Ore.) during the ninth and 10th grades and finished as the 2009 Oregon School Activities Association 6A singles state finalist before winning the championship the following season. The former top-ranked singles player in the United States Tennis Association Pacific Northwest Section, Bott is currently rated No. 10 among California junior singles players by tennisrecruiting.net.

A competitor in the 2012 Australian Open Junior Championships, Oxnevad reached the round of 16 at January's New Zealand 18 and Under Indoor Championships. Having risen as high as the No. 3-ranked singles player in New Zealand, Oxnevad captured the doubles title and finished as the singles runner-up at the 2010 New Zealand Junior Championships. A member of the New Zealand Junior National Team, Oxnevad was a semifinalist at the June 2011 ITF Air Pacific South Pacific Open Junior Championships. Since the start of 2011, Oxnevad has reached the singles quarterfinal round of six separate ITF events. In December 2010, Oxnevad captured the doubles crown at the under-18 New Zealand Junior Championships and was a finalist in singles play.

As a team, the 2012 Mustangs (10-11) won their final three conference matches during a six-day span to solidify a top-four finish in the final Big West standings for a fifth-successive season. Cal Poly, however, saw its season come to a close with a 4-3, six-hour loss against UC Santa Barbara during the April 27 quarterfinal round of the Big West Championships.