Broncos ready for best of CCAA

By Michael Zavala

The women’s tennis team has not had it easy with a rough
schedule that has set it against some dangerous teams outside the
California Collegiate Athletic Association.

Now is the time where that grueling schedule must pay off,
however, because Cal Poly (5-7, 3-2) is entering a stretch run
where its final three matches are against conference opponents. It
prepared for that run by defeating Bethany College of Kansas last
Friday, 8-1.

“We have a little momentum now and things are at stake,” said
head coach Sandy Kriezel. “You couldn’t ask for a better position
at this point in the season.”

The Broncos are third in the CCAA, a half-game behind Cal State
L.A., whom they play today and defeated on the road Feb. 7,
5-4.

It took a few matches for Cal Poly to get going against the
Swedes, but once it shook off the rust that formed after two weeks
away from the court, the Broncos were able to build some energy for
their upcoming matches.

The doubles arena was where Cal Poly got back into its
groove.The No. 1 team of senior Jenny Tsai and junior Jennifer Chow
defeated Beth Prier and Crystal Mannenbach, 8-3. In the No. 2
match, sophomore Kara Fisher and freshman Fallon Blattner beat
Shanda Kilian and Michelle Hinman, 8-3.

Cal Poly’s only loss in the match came when the No. 3 team of
freshman Kaitlin Wooldridge and junior Jessica Winkler lost to
Stacie Schoon and Victoria Guedez, 8-5.

“We were practicing well all week, but we seemed rusty [in the
beginning of the match],” said Kriezel. “It’s all about the actual
competition, but we were rusty when it came to that.”

The Broncos stepped up to the competition by the time the
singles matches rolled around, however.

In the No. 1 match, Tsai won against Prier, 6-1, 6-0. Winkler
beat Aimee Harrell in the No. 2 match, 6-1, 6-1.

Sophomore Mallory Brady defeated Hinman in the No. 3 match, 6-1,
6-3, while Chow beat Guedez in the No. 4 match, 6-2, 6-2. It was
Chow’s fourth consecutive victory at the No. 4 singles spot after
she began the season as a doubles specialist.

Wooldridge had the most competitive singles match, defeating
Kilian at the No. 5 spot, 7-6, 6-0, and freshman Michelle Stock won
against Schoon in the No. 6 match, 6-2, 6-3.

After getting back into the swing of things, the Broncos are
ready to take on the most important stretch of the season and
bounce back into the playoffs after missing the postseason for the
first time in five years last season.

For her part, Kriezel is completely confident in her team’s
ability to rise to the occasion.

“It all comes down to execution,” said Kriezel. “This team
believes it can win. As a coach, that’s what you want, to get the
best out of your athletes in pressure situations.”

Broncos ready for best of CCAA

Lucio Villa/Poly Post

Broncos ready for best of CCAA

Broncos ready for best of CCAA

Lucio Villa/Poly Post

Broncos ready for best of CCAA

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