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January 26, 2014

Cal Poly Women’s Tennis Earns First Spring Victory with Sweep

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – The Cal Poly women's tennis team failed to drop a set on Sunday afternoon as the program picked up its first dual match triumph of the spring campaign by whitewashing UC Santa Cruz on Mustang Courts.

The No. 1 doubles pairing of seniors Jen Cornea and Ane McPike got Cal Poly's win rolling with a 6-2 victory against UC Santa Cruz's Alex Scotten and Katy Collins. Senior Kathryn Webb and junior Mika Padmanabhan helped round off Cal Poly's doubles point at No. 3 by sweeping Monika Prokes and Jackie Lamb, 6-0. With the point in hand, the No. 2 match between Mustang junior Hannah Stone and freshman Emily Gibbens and Courtney Lymburner and Danielle Caro went unfinished.

Gibbens (right) returned in singles play to top Scotten at No. 1 (6-3, 6-2) while Cornea swept by Lymburner at No. 2 (6-0, 6-0). Stone finished a 6-3, 6-1 winner at No. 3 versus Collins while Padmanabhan was nearly flawless at No. 4 versus Caro (6-1, 6-0). The Mustangs finished with a pair of 6-0, 6-0 sweeps as Webb bested Prokes at No. 5 while McPike rolled past Kassondra Heacock at No. 6.

"Today was about playing a full match with mental discipline," third-year Mustang head coach Damon Coupe said. "We did just that. We didn't let our guard down and took care of business."

Cal Poly (1-1) resumes action and opens both a three-match road trip and Big West Conference play when visiting Cal State Northridge on Saturday, Feb. 1 at 12 noon.