Cal Poly’s breakthrough men’s tennis season ended Thursday when the doubles team of Andre Dome and Alexander Sonesson — the first Mustangs duo to earn an at-large berth to the NCAA Division I Doubles Championship in program history — fell in the first round.
Coming off a first-round loss to Washington in Cal Poly’s first-ever at-large berth in the NCAA team championships, Dome and Sonesson were defeated 6-3, 6-3 by the ninth-ranked team from Texas, Jean Andersen and Ed Corrie, at Stanford’s Taube Family Tennis Center.
“We are disappointed with the loss,” Mustangs head coach Justin McGrath said in a news release, “but what we accomplished as a team, getting into the NCAAs and advancing a doubles team to the championships, gives the guys a taste of what it’s all about.
“This really gives our program something to build on for the future.”
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Dome and Sonesson entered the match ranked 45th and conclude the season with a 12-6 record.
TRACK & FIELD
NCAA West Regional
Oregon’s Jordan Hasay easily won her 1,500-meter heat at the University of Oregon’s Hayward Field to move on while it was a rough day for Cal Poly’s teams.
The meet is the qualifier for the NCAA Championships on June 8-11 at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.
Running event preliminaries and field event finals were held Thursday. The top 12 field event finishers advanced to the NCAA Championships while the top 24 in Thursday’s running events advanced to the next round today and Saturday, where the top 12 finishers there qualify for the NCAA meet.
Hasay, a former Mission Prep star, won her heat in 4 minutes, 24.03 seconds to advance to Saturday’s next round. Hasay is the NCAA leader in the event by 1.03 seconds over Sacramento State’s Lea Wallace, who had the top time of 4:22.01 on Thursday.
On Saturday, Hasay will also be running in the 5,000 meters where she has the second-fastest time in the NCAA this season. However, Colorado’s Jessica Pixler, the NCAA leader, had to pull out of the regional meet with an injury and won’t be competing at the NCAA Championships.
Also in the 1,500 Thursday, Cal Poly’s Vanessa Hancock was 37th.
Cal Poly’s best individual showing came from Ian Rice, who was 17th in the men’s javelin at 211 feet, 8 inches.
Other field event competitors for the Mustangs were Daniel Erdman, 34th in the men’s shot put, and Kyle Inks, 31st in the men’s pole vault.
In running event prelims, Jamison Jordan was 31st in the men’s 100, Brandon Shirck and Tobin Villalva were 30th and 45th in the men’s 1,500, respectively, and Eric Suprenant was 30th in the men’s 400 hurdles.
In the men’s 10,000-meter final, Cal Poly’s Ryan Cosens did not finish the race.