Broncos down CSU Los Angeles 7-2 to end season

By Katie O’Laughlin

Last Tuesday was bittersweet for the women’s tennis team as it
conquered Cal State Los Angeles on the court, but battled emotions
at day’s end.

The Broncos took all three of their doubles matches and stayed
strong to the end winning four of the six singles matches. The
final score was 7-2.

Head Coach Sandy Kriezel was proud of her team.

“The girls came out ready to play LA,” said Kriezel. “All
season, they’ve been fighters, and today was no different. It’s
great to end the season on a high note.”

According to the Bronco Athletics Web site, the team is ranked
25th in the CCAA.

The team is waiting to hear if it made it into the NCAA Tourney
berth. The announcements will be made during the last week of
April.

Junior Jennifer Chow and sophomore Jackie Trendt earned the 8-2
win in the No. 1 doubles spot.

Both girls moved on to win their singles matches later in the
day.

Senior Mallory Brady and sophomore Jennifer Buchanan were
successful in their No. 3 doubles match with a score of 8-6.

Brady continued to win 6-0 and 6-4 at the No. 3 position in
singles.

Junior Kaitlyn Wooldridge and freshman Christie Lau filled the
No. 2 spot with a 9-7 victory.

“Christie Lau had a great performance today, she played with an
injury,” said Kriezel.

Wooldridge held the No. 5 positions on the court and left
victorious.

Tuesday’s match was Senior Day. Recognitions were given in a
pre-match ceremony to Brady and senior Fallon Blattner.

Blattner was not present at the match, but Brady did her team
proud.

Blattner is a member of the school’s ROTC and was visiting the
U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y. Blattner will graduate as
a commissioned officer this spring, according to the Web site.

Brady participated in the 74th singles match and 49th doubles
match of her four-year career.

She earned an overall record of 42-31. This includes a 13-5
record in this season’s singles and a 29-19 record in doubles
during her four-year career.

Brady is a three-time All-CCAA Academic honoree and a two-time
Division II Athletic Directors Association Academics honoree.

Brady was also named to second-team All CCAA her sophomore
season.

“It was exciting to win my last match, said Brady. “[UC] San
Diego was our biggest win. It was incredible to beat them during my
last season.”

The match against UC San Diego was memorable for Coach Kriezel,
who said, “Cal Poly’s win against San Diego was great. It was the
first in seven years.”

Jackie Trendt shared similar feelings about the win over UC San
Diego.

“It was a really good season, a big improvement and I’m really
excited about the win over [UC] San Diego.”

Brady feels this season was her best.

“Last season wasn’t the greatest for me, this was a really good
last season,” said Brady.

Not only was the last match of the season played on Tuesday, it
could be the last match played by the women’s Cal Poly tennis team
with the current budget cuts.

“Luckily the door is still open for us.” Said Kriezel. “I am
dedicated to save the experience for Cal Poly students.”

Kriezel has submitted a plan to save the program and will be
meeting with the board to discuss it soon.

“We can’t wait until next year to make things happen.” Kriezel
said. “It’s going to be a challenge to raise the necessary money
but we’re fighters.”

Buchanan had somber feelings for the season ending.

“The team is really close and I’m really sad its over.” Buchanan
said.

Reach Katie O’Laughlin at: sports@thepolypost.com

Broncos down CSU Los Angeles 7-2 to end season

Derek Lee/Poly Post

Broncos down CSU Los Angeles 7-2 to end season

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