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Cal Poly Women’s Tennis Narrowly Edged at USF 4-3

Cal Poly Women’s Tennis Narrowly Edged at USF 4-3

SAN FRANCISCO — Coming off a victory over Santa Clara in its home opener Saturday, the Cal Poly women's tennis team just missed earning its second straight victory after a 4-3 loss on the road against the University of San Francisco Monday.

The Mustangs (2-4) got off to a good start, securing the doubles point after wins at the No. 2 and No. 3 positions. At No. 3 doubles, junior Susanne Boyden and sophomore Grace Olyphant blanked the Dons' (5-2) tandem 6-0. The Cal Poly pair is now 3-0 on the young season, all at the No. 3 spot. The Mustangs' freshmen duo of Kimberley Bhunu and Emily Ackerman (pictured) sealed the doubles point after a 6-3 win at the No. 2 position. They are now 3-1 as a pair this season.

In singles, Cal Poly suffered unfortunate luck to start. Bhunu was forced to retire at No. 2 singles while tied at five in the first set due to an undisclosed reason. Ackerman regained the lead for the Mustangs after a 6-0, 6-2 win at the No. 6 spot.

Trailing 3-2, Boyden tied things up after a three set defeat at the No. 3 position 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 to improve her singles record to 2-0 this season. At the No. 4 spot, sophomore MacKenzie Worsnop fought tough against San Francisco's Shana Dos Santos but fell in a close third set 2-6, 7-6 (6), 6-4.

Cal Poly will have a chance to rebound quickly with two more road matches this weekend in Northern California. The Mustangs will open Big West play Saturday with a match against UC Davis at 11 a.m. They will then take on former Big West school Pacific Sunday at noon.