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Cal Poly stays in first place in Big West with 4-3 win over Hawai’i Friday

The Cal Poly men’s tennis program celebrated senior day Friday by taking down the University of Hawai’i 4-3 to remain undefeated in the Big West and in first place in the conference.

The Mustangs (13-8, 4-0 BWC) started the match by taking the doubles point over the Rainbow Warriors (7-11, 1-3 BWC). Cal Poly’s No. 3 pairing of sophomores Roman Shenkiryk and Andrew Whitehouse won their match 6-4 before the No. 2 pairing of freshman Gary Vardanyan and junior Antoine Noel clinched the point with a 6-4 win. With the wins, Vardanyan and Noel are now a team-best 9-3 on the season while Whitehouse and Shenkiryk improved their record to 4-1 as a pair.

Once the match moved to singles, Shenkiryk won the Mustangs’ second point of the day after a 6-1, 6-4 victory at the No. 6 position. Hawai’i then tied the score at 2-2 after wins at the Nos. 2 and 3 spots.

Senior Josh Ortlip then gave Cal Poly a 3-2 lead after a 7-6 (10), 6-1 win at the No. 1 position. Later, the Mustangs’ other senior, Dominic Bechard clinched the match for Cal Poly after a 6-4, 6-7, 6-4 win at the No. 5 spot.’

The win for Ortlip pushed his winning streak to seven matches and improved his dual match record to a team-best 14-5 this season.

The victory also finished the team’s home record at 8-1 this season. This now sets up a match at rival UC Santa Barbara Saturday to decide the Big West regular season title. The Gauchos (12-6, 3-0 BWC) have won the regular season title the past three seasons. Saturday’s start time in Goleta is scheduled for 10 a.m.

Provided by Cal Poly

Chance Dickman

Chance Dickman

Chance Dickman is our Sports Director. Chance is a proud native of Wisconsin and is very happy to be sharing his love for sports with the beautiful Central Coast!
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