Lauren Rabaino

Doubles were key for the Cal Poly women’s tennis team as it upset No. 36 Washington State 4-3 at Mustang Courts on Tuesday.

The Mustangs, who split six singles matches with the Cougars, won all three doubles competitions.

Cal Poly’s No. 1 tandem, comprised of sophomores Brittany Blalock and Steffi Wong, improved to 8-3 with a defeat of Ekaterina Burduli and Ekaterina Kamendova.

Juniors Maria Malec and Shannon Brady edged Bianca Selaru and Aleksandra Stefanova 8-6 to improve their record to 4-0 at the No. 2 slot.

Sophomore Diane Filip and freshman Amy Markhoff improved to 3-0 at the No. 3 position with their 8-4 win over Aleksandra Cekic and Marina Nicolas.

The Mustangs sealed their win with Blalock’s victory at the No. 1 position to end the day.

She swept the first set over Burduli 6-0 but lost in the second, 4-6. The two exchanged games in the final set but Blalock prevailed 6-4.

Blalock, who won her fourth-straight match, is now 6-6 in singles duals.

At the No. 2 spot, Wong topped Stefanova 6-3, 6-1.

Markhoff remained undefeated, pushing her mark to 9-0 by downing Jessica Gomez 6-2, 4-6, 6-4.

Junior Whitney Peterson and Brady forced their matches into three sets but were unable to hold off the Cougars, falling 6-0, 3-6, 6-4 and 2-6, 6-4, 6-4, respectively. Filip (8-2) fell to Cekic 6-1, 6-4.

The Mustangs continue their home stand at 1:30 p.m. Thursday against Gonzaga.

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