It all came down to Sebastian Bell.
Bell defeated UC Santa Barbara’s Max Glenn in a third set-tiebreaker, giving the Cal Poly men’s tennis team (15-7) just enough to edge the Gauchos 4-3 and walk away with the Big West Conference Men’s Tennis Championship on Sunday at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
With the match tied at 3-3, the championship came down to Bell vs. Glenn. Bell fell 6-4 in the first set, the followed with a 6-1 win in the second. In the third, Bell forced the match to a tiebreaker, and then won 7-4 to give the Mustangs their first tournament championship in program history.
Andre Dome defeated UC Santa Barbara’s Mathieu Forget 6-3, 6-1 at No. 1 singles, and Jurgen De Jager defeated Ziad Sultan 6-2, 6-4 at No. 4 singles. Those two, along with Bell, were the only Mustangs to win in singles play.
The Mustangs won the doubles point as well.
Dome and Matt Fawcett defeated Forget and Benjamin Recknagel 8-2, and De Jager and Marco Comuzzo beat Sultan and Alexander Gryaznov 8-6.
SOFTBALLPacific 8, Cal Poly 3
The Mustangs fell behind 2-0 in the first inning and could never catch up.
Chloe Wurst started the game in the circle for the Mustangs. She pitched 3 1⁄3 innings, giving up four runs on six hits. Jordan Yates then pitched 2 2⁄3 innings in relief, giving up four runs on five hits.
Mariah Cochiolo led the Mustangs, going 2 for 3 with an RBI and a home run. Madi Vogelsang had Cal Poly’s only other hit, going 1 for 3.
GOLFBig West Conference Men’s Golf Championship
Cal Poly finished tied for eighth place with Cal State Northridge after one day of play at the Big West Conference Men’s Golf Championship at the La Quinta Resort’s Mountain Course.
Bryce Greeley led Cal Poly, shooting a 74 to sit tied for 20th place. Both Justin Haley and Grant Martens shot 75, and Scott Patterson shot a 77.
Trevor Guthrie finished with an 85.