In its first season under new head coach Nick Carless, Cal Poly’s men’s tennis team is heading to the Big West Conference championship match.
After defeating UC Davis 4-0 in the conference semifinals on Saturday at Indian Wells, Cal Poly clinched a chance to win its first-ever conference title as the Mustangs will play UC Santa Barbara today at 9 a.m.
It will be the Mustangs’ first trip to the championship match since 2007, when they also played the Gauchos. UC Santa Barbara is looking for its first title since 2009.
Against UC Davis, the Mustangs (14-7) didn’t falter in singles play. Andre Dome defeated Tori Sherbakov 6-3, 6-0, Marco Comuzzo defeated Alec Haley 6-2, 6-4, and Sebastian Bell defeated Josh Albert 6-1, 6-3.
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The Mustangs also took two of three doubles matchups to earn the doubles point.
TRACK AND FIELD
MEN: UC Santa Barbara 104, Cal Poly 96; WOMEN: UC Santa Barbara 116, Cal Poly 86
Kyle Inks set a new personal best and won the men’s pole vault at 17 feet, 81⁄2 inches for the Mustangs against the Gauchos.
Daniel Erdman won the discus with a career-best mark of 165-4 and won the shot put with a mark of 55-7 1⁄2 for Cal Poly. Ian Rice won the javelin with a season-best mark of 201-7, and freshman Tyler Davey won the triple jump with a leap of 45-11 3⁄4.
In the track events, sophomore Blake Ahrold won the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 9 minutes, 15.20 seconds for a career-best, and Eric Suprenant won the 400 hurdles in 51.93 and the 110 hurdles in 14.53.
Chris Frias won the 5,000 in 14:58.5 for the Mustangs.
For the women, Cal Poly sophomore Jessica Williams won the 100 with a career-best 12.06 and the 200 in 24.55.
Freshman Jenna Davis won the 800 with a time of 2:11.48, while Savannah Pio won the 5,000 in 17:54.85.
Cal Poly’s Vanessa Hancock won the 1,500 in 4:33.2, and Riley Hasche won the women’s pole vault with a career-best mark of 11-1 3⁄4.
SWIMMING AND DIVING
Cuesta College’s Kristen Brimage was named the CCCAA Women’s Diver of the Year as the Cuesta women closed out competition at the state in 14th place (109), and the Cuesta men finished in ninth (189).
For the men, Matt Giancanelli finished sixth in the 100-yard freestyle, finishing in 47.04.
He was also a part of the 400 freestyle relay team with Luke Walton, Jackson Petty and Dragan Dincic, which placed third in 3:05.29.
Pacific 2, Cal Poly 1; Pacific 3, Cal Poly 2
Two late home runs proved to be the difference as Pacific swept the Mustangs.
In the opener, the Mustangs held a 1-0 lead through three innings before the Tigers hit a two-run home run in the fourth inning to take the lead.
In the second game, Pacific hit a home run in the second inning to go ahead by one and the Mustangs couldn’t answer.
Cal Poly (12-30, 4-10 Big West) was held to four hits in the first game, and then had six hits — all from different players — in the second.