Andre Dome and Matt Fawcett pulled off a stirring upset to become Cal Poly’s first doubles tandem to advance past the first round of the NCAA Division I Men’s Tennis Championships on Thursday.
Beating No. 13 Jonas Lutjen and Nik Scholtz of Mississippi 7-6, 6-3, Dome and Fawcett advance to today’s round of 16 against No. 7 Panav Jha and Eric Quigley of Kentucky at Georgia’s Magill Tennis Complex.
Jha and Quigley beat Bucknell’s Gregg Cohenca and Evan Zimmer 6-2, 6-0 to advance.
It will be a chance for Dome to avenge a 7-5, 6-4 loss to Quigley in the first round of the singles championships on Wednesday.
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Dome and Fawcett, ranked 64th in the country as a duo in the latest ITA poll, improved to 12-1 after being paired up midseason following Fawcett’s return from a knee injury that kept him off the court for a year and a half.
This is the second foray into NCAA doubles competition for Dome, the reigning Big West Conference Player of the Year. Last season, Dome and Alexander Sonesson lost in the first round.
NCAA TRACK AND FIELD WEST REGIONAL
Former Mission Prep standout Jordan Hasay won her heat in the women’s 1,500-meter race, and Cal Poly men’s 400-meter hurdler Eric Suprenant was the only one of five Mustangs competing to advance after the first day of the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field West Regional in Austin, Texas.
Hasay, a junior at Oregon, finished in 4 minutes, 23.40 seconds running in the same heat as Cal Poly’s Vanessa Hancock. Hancock’s 4:31.13 landed her in 27th overall, less than a second and three spots out of qualifying. The next round is Saturday, when the top 12 will advance to the NCAA Championships in Des Moines, Iowa.
Suprenant was third in his heat in a personal record 51.70 seconds and qualified 14th overall. The next round of the 400 hurdles is scheduled for today.
Seeded 13th in the men’s 1,500, Cal Poly’s Derek Thomas did not finish the race and failed to advance. Teammate Chris Frias also failed to complete the men’s 10,000.
In the men’s 100, the Mustangs’ Jamison Jordan finished in a season-best 10.55 seconds in 37th overall, 10 spots away from qualifying for the next round.
Cal Poly’s Daniel Erdman fouled on his first two shot puts and finished 40th with a final mark of 54 feet, 6 inches, also failing to qualify. Mustangs women Leanne Fogg (3,000 steeplechase) and Whitney Sisler (high jump) will join Suprenant in today’s competition.