Cal Poly Women’s Tennis continued its unbeaten streak after a 7-0 home sweep against UC Irvine in its second Big West matchup this season on Sunday, March 21 at Mustang Tennis Complex.
The Mustangs (7-0, 2-0 Big West) started the game by taking the doubles point early on to go up 1-0 on the scoreboard.
Cal Poly’s No. 2 duo of redshirt freshmen Melissa LaMette and Delanie Dunkle initiated the shutout by dominating UC Irvine’s (0-6, 0-2 Big West) pair of Jessica Tsukiji and Halla Alajeely on the No. 2 court with a 6-1 victory.
The Mustangs continued the momentum with their No. 1 duo of redshirt sophomores Kim Bhunu and Emily Ackerman comfortably taking down the Anteaters’ pair of Jenna Schlatter and Arianna Tilbury 6-2 to clinch the doubles point.
Cal Poly carried its energy into singles play with Stone taking down Tsukiji in two consecutive sets of 6-2 at the No. 1 spot.
LaMette extended the lead for the Mustangs, winning 6-3 in the first set and 6-2 in the second set at the No. 3 spot. With the victory, she now holds the team-best record going 7-0 this season and 15-0 for her career.
Cal Poly confirmed the victory early on at the No. 4 spot after Dunkle won both of her sets 6-2 and 6-4.
However, the Mustangs kept the pace going with Ackerman winning two tough contested sets of 6-4 at the No. 5 spot.
At the No. 6 spot, freshman Shreya Ravilla won her first set 7-5 and her second set 6-3 to put the Mustangs up 6-0.
UC Irvine put up a fight and won the first set 6-1 against Bhunu at the No. 2 spot. However, she bounced back by winning the second set 7-6 and won the tiebreaker set 10-1 to close out the 7-0 victory.
Dating back to last year’s shortened season, the Mustangs are now 16-2 over their last 18 matches.
Cal Poly will continue its four-game home stand against San Francisco in non-conference play on Monday, March 22 at Mustang Tennis Complex.