mustang daily staff report
A trio of Cal Poly women’s tennis players swept in singles play Sunday at the 11-team Cal State Fullerton Intercollegiates Women’s Tennis Tournament.
Junior Suzie Matzenauer (in Flight A), senior Maria Malec (Flight B) and freshman Jocelyn Davis (Flight C) all won championships in their respective flights.
“I felt we competed really well over the entire weekend,” Mustangs head coach Hugh Bream said in a news release. “We have a lot of work to do on game improvement, but the competitiveness was great in singles. Overall, it was a really good start to the season.”
Matzenauer, a transfer from Northwestern – which finished last season ranked second by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association – dispatched No. 1 UCLA’s Alexandra Walters 7-6, 3-6, 6-0.
Malec topped Long Beach State’s Julie Luzar 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, and Davis eliminated UC Irvine’s Miranda Young 6-4, 6-2.
Cal Poly junior Diane Filip claimed a singles title in the consolation bracket, where Mustangs juniors Brittany Blalock and Steffi Wong – the ITA’s 31st-ranked doubles tandem – also won a championship.
The Mustangs will take the court at the Northwest Regionals at Stanford on Friday.
Cal Poly 2,
Cal State Fullerton 0
The Mustangs scored two goals in an eight-minute stretch early in the second half at Titan Stadium on Saturday.
Freshman forward Wes Feighner opened the scoring in the 57th minute, and sophomore forward David Zamora added the second goal in the 64th.
Mustangs goalkeeper Eric Branagan-Franco made three saves in his fifth shutout of the season and 21st of his career.
With the loss, the Titans (3-10, 0-3) remained winless in Big West Conference play.
Cal Poly (8-3-2, 3-1) returns to action at 8 p.m. Oct. 17 in Alex G. Spanos Stadium against UC Santa Barbara in a nationally televised NSCAA/Fox Soccer Game of the Week.
Long Beach State 3,
No. 22 Cal Poly 2
The 49ers edged the visiting Mustangs 23-25, 25-23, 25-22, 21-25, 15-9 Friday night at Walter Pyramid.
Cal Poly, the two-time defending Big West Conference champion, suffered just its third conference loss over its past 35 Big West matches, and fell to the 49ers for the first time since Oct. 1, 2005.
Mustangs senior outside hitter Ali Waller hit .354 and had a match-high 20 kills, and senior opposite Kylie Atherstone added 19 in defeat. Junior setter Hailey Fithian distributed a match-high 55 assists in the loss. Also turning in a strong performance in defeat was senior middle blocker Jaclyn Houston, who had a match-high eight block assists and needs two more to break the Cal Poly record of 499.
Cal Poly outblocked Long Beach State (14-3, 4-1) by a margin of 26-6 but committed 17 serving errors.
The Mustangs (9-7, 4-1) begin a four-match homestand by hosting UC Santa Barbara in Mott Gym at 7 p.m. Thursday.