The Cal Poly women’s tennis team ended a five-match Big West Conference losing streak and earned its first conference victory with an emphatic 7-0 win over visiting UC Riverside on Sunday.
The Mustangs lost the No. 1 doubles set and didn’t falter again, sweeping sets in every match but one.
Jennifer Cornea, Mika Padmanabhan, Hannah Stone, Ané McPike and Sayaka Tsugai each won in straight sets, and in its two doubles set victories, Cal Poly dropped only two games.
McPike, a former St. Joseph High standout, teamed with Emily Gibbens to win 8-0 at No. 3 doubles.
UC Santa Barbara 2, Cal Poly 1
The Gauchos broke a 1-1 tie with a two-out RBI single in the bottom of the fifth to spoil a three-hitter by Mustangs pitcher Sierra Hyland.
Hyland struck out eight but was outdueled by Gauchos pitcher Shelby Wisdom, who allowed just one run on four hits and two walks and did not strike out a hitter.
Cal Poly (21-14) fell to 3-3 in Big West play, missing out on an opportunity to move into a second-place tie. The Mustangs host UC Davis next weekend.
Pacific 4, Cal Poly 1
The Mustangs wrapped up their program’s inaugural event by finishing 1-4 at the Sacramento State Invitational.
Shannon Fouts and Taylor Gruenewald teamed for a 21-10, 21-11 victory in the No. 5 matchup, but the Tigers swept the remaining matches in straight sets.