Women’s tennis shares matchups against Harvard, BYU
Cal Poly Women’s Tennis went 1-1 to No. 65 Harvard and No. 54 BYU on Thursday, March 16 and Saturday, March 18, respectively, at the Mustang Tennis Complex.
The Mustangs (6-6) had a hard-fought win over the Crimson (8-7) before falling behind against the Cougars (8-5).
Thursday against No. 65 Harvard
The Mustangs opened their week with a hard-fought 4-3 win over No. 65 Harvard.
The Crimson initially won the first match in doubles, with the No. 3 duo of redshirt junior Melissa LaMette and freshman Alexandra Ozerets losing 6-1.
However, the Mustangs then took the lead as the No. 1 pairing of redshirt junior Delanie Dunkle and sophomore Peyton Dunkle won 6-1, and the No. 2 pairing of graduate Kim Bhunu and freshman Kennedy Buntrock by 6: 4 won, earning Cal Poly the colon.
In singles, Bhunu defeated Charlotte Owensby in No. 82 in No. 1 6-4, 6-4. After Bhunu’s win, No. 6 Buntrock lost 6-3, 6-4 to make it 2-1 Mustangs.
Number 3, then Delanie Dunkle lost 7-5, 6-3 while Ozerets continued their dominance from No. 5, winning 7-5, 7-5 to take their season record to 7-2.
While the Mustangs were a point ahead, LaMette lost in three sets 6-3, 1-6, 7-5, was 3-3 and ended Match #4 as a tiebreaker.
Peyton Dunkle went back and forth with her opponent on the last court, but the Mustangs won 7-6 (7), 6-7 (4), 6-3 and decided the match for the Mustangs.
Saturday against No. 54 BYU
The Mustangs returned Saturday with a 5-2 loss to No. 54 BYU.
The Dark Sisters opened the day, winning the first doubles match from No. 1 6-3 while Bhunu and Buntrock lost 6-3 in No. 2.
The No. 3 pair of LaMette and Ozerets won the third and final doubles match 6-4, giving Cal Poly the colon.
From that point on, however, it was all BYU, starting with No. 2 Mustang LaMette, who fell 6-1, 6-3, and No. 1 Bhunu, who lost 6-1, 4-6, 6-1.
Then No. 3 Delanie Dunkle lost 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 and No. 5 Ozerets fell 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, giving BYU the fourth point and the win.
As the teams played on, No. 4 Peyton Dunkle finished the day with the only Mustang singles win, 4-6 7-5 6-4.
Cal Poly will take a week off before they face Hawaii Pacific on Tuesday, March 28 at 1:00 p.m. in Honolulu.