Already the most successful men’s tennis player in Cal Poly’s Division I history, Andre Dome again came up with another Mustangs first Wednesday.
He’s the only Cal Poly player to make the NCAA singles championships, owning the top-three single-season win totals in program history. Now, the senior from Arroyo Grande became the first Mustangs player to advance past the first round as well, defeating Georgia Tech’s Juan Spir in straight sets.
Avenging a loss to Spir from the fall season, Dome dispatched him 6-3, 6-2 at Atkins Tennis Center on the campus of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.
Dome advanced to face No. 4 Anthony Rossi of Kentucky, who beat Stanford’s John Morrisey 7-5, 6-1, today at 6 a.m.
Dome improved his overall singles record to 24-4 this season and upped his singles winning streak to 20 straight matches, last losing in late January.
The second-round match will be his first against Rossi, but Dome has played a Wildcats player in this tournament before. Last season, Eric Quigley defeated Dome 7-6, 6-3 in the first round before advancing to the championship round.
This season, the winner between Rosso and Dome will automatically earn All-America status for finishing in the top 16 at the tournament and will face either Michigan’s Evan King, a top 16 seed, or unseeded Cameron Silverman of Elon, who also meet in a second-round match.