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Cal Poly Women’s Tennis Team Solidifies Future with Two Additions

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – The Mustang women's tennis team fortified its future roster with the recent announcement from second-year head coach Damon Coupe that Zoe Oedekerk (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.; St. Margaret's HS) has signed a National Letter of Intent while Mika Padmanabhan (Saratoga, Calif.) has transferred to Cal Poly from Atlanta's Emory University. Both players are expected to compete for the Mustangs beginning with the 2013-14 season.

Rated as high as No. 79 in the class of 2013 by TennisRecruiting.net, Oedekerk (right) was also tabbed as a four-star recruit (of five) by the site. Entering her senior season at St. Margaret's HS, Oedekerk is ranked No. 99 nationally, No. 34 in the southwest division and No. 29 among California players.

"We're very excited to have Zoe join our program next season," said Coupe, whose Mustangs finished 10-11 overall last spring and 5-3 against Big West opposition. "She's a tough competitor that gives her best effort every day. She has a tremendous upside to her game and will flourish at the collegiate level."

Padmanabhan, who will redshirt Cal Poly's 2013 spring season, was selected alongside doubles partner Kelly Brenna for the 2012 NCAA Division III Championships. As a team last season, Emory reached the national semifinals with Padmanabhan in the lineup. Padmanabhan is also a two-time All-University Athletic Association first team singles selection and a first team doubles selection in 2011.

"Mika comes to Cal Poly with great experience under her belt," Coupe said. "She has a big game and knows how to win. Her NCAA Tournament experience will allow her to make an easy transition to our team."

Cal Poly kickstarts its 2013 spring campaign and 21-match dual schedule when hosting UC Santa Cruz on Mustang Courts on Sunday, Jan. 13.