No. 18 UC San Diego Falls to Future Big West Foe Cal Poly
LA JOLLA, Calif. - The No. 18 University of California San Diego women's tennis team didn't have quite enough on Saturday against future Big West Conference opponent Cal Poly, falling 4-0 at Northview Tennis Courts.
With the result, UC San Diego is 0-2 on the young season. Cal Poly (1-2) is coming off a 2018 campaign that saw the Mustangs advance to the Big West Tournament semifinals for the first time since 2010. They had a pair of matches washed out by weather in Santa Barbara last weekend against Alabama and Gonzaga.
The visitors wound up on top in all three doubles tilts to begin the day. The Mustangs locked up the doubles point as Emily Ackerman and Kim Bhunu knocked off Anu Bhadada (San Diego/Torrey Pines HS) and Madison Hale at No. 2, 6-2, and Susanne Boyden and Grace Olyphant got past Shweta Kumar and Chloe Wight at No. 3, 6-3.
The remaining court is supposed to halt play when the doubles point is clinched, but at deuce on match point at No. 1, that serve was allowed to take place, with Emily Louie-Meadors and MacKenzie Worsnop winning the point to finish off Ashley Chao (San Diego/Rancho Bernardo HS) and Becky Chou, 7-5. The third-year Triton tandem actually held a match point earlier before Chou's service game was broken.
Bhadada was making her official college debut in doubles. Mustangs Boyden and Worsnop each picked up All-Big West honorable mentions in doubles in 2018.
In singles, Bhunu defeated Chou in straight sets, 6-1, 6-2, at No. 2, followed by Worsnop over Kumar likewise at No. 4, 6-1, 6-3. Chao grabbed the opening set from Louie-Meadors at No. 1, 6-1, but the Cal Poly junior rallied for the match-clinching win by taking the next two sets, 6-4, 6-0.
The other three singles contests were then stopped. Bhadada and junior Valeria Corral (San Diego/Mater Dei Catholic HS) had both won their first sets, 6-4 at No. 5 and 7-6 (7-5) at No. 3, respectively. Bhadada trailed 6-5 in the second set when the action ended, to Olyphant, a sophomore who is the daughter of actor Timothy Olyphant, who took in the match on the UC San Diego campus.
Corral was also up 2-1 in the second over Boyden, with that matchup featuring several lengthy rallies. Hale trailed 3-6, 3-3, against Caroline Williams at No. 6.
The match was delayed by about 20 or so minutes by rain early in singles play.
UC San Diego and Cal Poly had last met in La Jolla on Feb. 5, 2017, the Mustangs leaving with a narrow 4-3 triumph. They will be Big West foes in the 2021 season.
The Tritons were without fourth-year senior Alexandra Weil, who plays at No. 2 in singles and doubles. Weil returned home to Denver, Colo., following Friday's season-opening loss to No. 13 Azusa Pacific, to accept her 2018 United States Tennis Association (USTA) Colorado Female Player of the Year Award on Saturday night.
UC San Diego concludes a packed weekend while continuing a season-long seven-match homestand on Sunday, Feb. 10, hosting top-ranked reigning Division III national champion Claremont-Mudd-Scripps. The start time is slated for 12 p.m., weather permitting. Parking and admission are free on North Campus in La Jolla.
Cal Poly 4, #18 UC San Diego 0
Feb. 9, 2019 at La Jolla, CA (Northview Tennis Courts)
1. Emily Louie-Meadors/MacKenzie Worsnop (CP) def. Ashley Chao/Becky Chou (UCSD) 7-5
2. Emily Ackerman/Kim Bhunu (CP) def. Anu Bhadada/Madison Hale (UCSD) 6-2
3. Susanne Boyden/Grace Olyphant (CP) def. Shweta Kumar/Chloe Wight (UCSD) 6-3
1. Emily Louie-Meadors (CP) def. Ashley Chao (UCSD) 1-6, 6-4, 6-0
2. Kim Bhunu (CP) def. Becky Chou (UCSD) 6-1, 6-2
3. Valeria Corral (UCSD) vs. Susanne Boyden (CP) 7-6 (7-5), 2-1, unfinished
4. MacKenzie Worsnop (CP) def. Shweta Kumar (UCSD) 6-1, 6-3
5. Anu Bhadada (UCSD) vs. Grace Olyphant (CP) 6-4, 5-6, unfinished
6. Madison Hale (UCSD) vs. Caroline Williams (CP) 3-6, 3-3, unfinished
Cal Poly 1-2
UC San Diego 0-2; National ranking #18; Regional ranking #4
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (2,4,1)
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