Both the Cal Poly men’s and women’s tennis teams were selected Tuesday to play in the NCAA Championships, the same day that 10 Mustangs were named to the all-Big West Conference tennis teams.
The Cal Poly men (14-6) will open against Washington (17-8) on May 13 at Stanford in the team’s first-ever postseason appearance at the Division I level.
Cal Poly played the Huskies on Jan. 29 in Seattle, falling 6-1. Stanford (18-5) will play Army (13-11) to fill out the bracket.
The Cal Poly women (16-6) will open against No. 24 Oklahoma (18-6) on May 14 at Baylor in Waco, Texas. It will be the team’s first appearance in the past eight years. Baylor (25-3) will host Texas-Arlington (20-4) on the other side of the bracket.
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Marco Comuzzo was named the Big West co-freshman of the year in his first season with the men’s tennis team, the third straight year that the honor has been bestowed upon a Mustang. In 2010 it was Jordan Bridge who was given the title, and in 2009 it was given to former Arroyo Grande High standout Andre Dome.
Dome was named to the all-Big West first team in singles as well as doubles with his partner, Alexander Sonesson. Bridge and Comuzzo were given second-team honors in doubles.
Five Mustangs women’s players were given all-Big West honors, including sophomore Alexa Lee, who was named to the singles and doubles first teams.
Lee finished with a 9-9 record in dual matches this spring, playing exclusively at the No. 1 spot for Cal Poly. Senior Amy Markhoff shared the doubles honors with Lee. Ashley Pane and Florence Lehane were given singles honorable mentions, and the team of Pane and junior Jocelyn Davis earned doubles honorable mention for the Mustangs.