Cal Poly men’s tennis player Ben Donovan topped the No. 1 singles player from sixth-ranked UCLA in one set, but his success stopped there as the Bruins beat the Mustangs 4-0 in round one of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday in Los Angeles.
Marco Comuzzo also won a set for the Mustangs (11-13), beating the No. 2 singles player in their second set.
Donovan (17-10), named the Big West Conference Freshman of the Year, and Comuzzo had the only set victories of the day for Cal Poly, which saw its season end.
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Southern California Regional Finals
Cuesta College’s Riley Cooks competed in five events and qualified for the state meet in all five as she set three school records along the way.
Cooks placed third in the javelin, throwing it 120 feet, and fifth in the shot put (38 feet, 2 inches).
Cooks set school records in the 100-meter hurdles after placing fourth in 14.64 seconds, the long jump after placing third at 18-10 and third in the heptathlon with 4,808 points.
Hailey Fish qualified in the pole vault for the Cougars with a mark of 11-1.
Big West Conference Multi-Events
Cal Poly’s Devin Bennett came in second in the decathlon for the Mustangs at UC Davis after running the fastest 1,500 meters in 4 minutes, 34.37 seconds.
Bennett’s total score was 6,853 points, and he was followed by teammate Nick Ahrold, who had 6,403 for third. Both Bennett and Ahrold receive conference honors for placing in the top three.
Ahrold’s best performances were in the 110 hurdles in 15.64 and the pole vault in 13-9. The decathlon winner was Long Beach State’s Garrett Demirjian, who had 7,014 points.
In the women’s heptathlon, Jessica Davis was Cal Poly’s highest finisher, placing ninth and achieving personal records in the long jump (15-10), the javelin (109-5) and the 800 (2:31.85).
Davis finished with 4,361 points. Hawaii’s Kaleigh Morrison won the heptathlon with 5,210 points.
Cal Poly 3, UC Riverside 0
Sierra Hyland shut out the Highlanders and drove in three runs for the Mustangs in their season finale.
Hyland threw a complete game and finished her freshman season with a record 34 starts and 42 appearances in the circle for Cal Poly (33-19, 14-7 Big West). Saturday’s win marked Hyland’s 26th, the top mark by a freshman in the NCAA.
Hyland also had two doubles and three RBI, and Emily Ceccacci scored twice and had three hits.
The Mustangs tied UC Santa Barbara for second place in the Big West, one game behind Long Beach State. The second-place finish was the best by Cal Poly since it won the conference title in 2009.
Krieghoff invited to U-23 National Team
The U.S. Soccer Under-23 Women’s National Team invited Cal Poly forward Elise Kreighoff to the team’s training at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista. The sophomore led the nation in scoring on a per-match basis, averaging 1.105 goals per game this past season. Krieghoff’s 21 goals were the most goals in the Big West Conference since 2002, and she set the conference record with five player of the weeks honors during the season.