The unranked Cal Poly men’s tennis team gave No. 23 Arizona a scare in a 4-3 Wildcats win Sunday in Tucson.
Still without sophomore standout Andre Dome of Arroyo Grande, the Mustangs took the doubles point from Arizona but went on to lose four of six singles matches. Cal Poly’s No. 1 singles player Matt Fawcett nearly took his Wildcats counterpart Andres Arango to a third set but lost 7-5 in a second-set tiebreaker.
“In my years of coaching at Cal Poly, this was the best match we have ever played,” Mustangs head coach Justin McGrath said in a news release. “At the same time, this is also the toughest loss.
“If you keep playing tough competition, you will get better and will eventually win.”
The teams of Fawcett and Michael Foy as well as Drew Jacobs and Robert Zacks got doubles wins for Cal Poly.
Foy and Alex Sonnesson had the singles victories. Dome, the No. 1 singles player from last season, is battling injury and has not appeared yet in the spring season.
Mustangs women beat LMU 5-2Coming off a 0-1 start in Big West Conference play, Cal Poly (3-1, 0-1 Big West) swept the doubles sets and won four of six singles matches to top Loyola Marymount on the road.
Despite No. 1 singles player Suzie Matzenauer falling in two sets in her match, Matzenauer and No. 2 singles player Brittany Blalock remained unbeaten as a doubles team this spring with an 8-5 win over Jasmine Heckel and Bliss Nixon.
Blalock had a 6-2, 6-4 win over Elisaveta Pironkova in singles. Diane Filip, Jocelyn Davis and Amy Markhoff had the other singles victories for Cal Poly.
Steffi Wong and Alexa Lee won 8-1 in doubles for the Mustangs, and Filip and Ashley Pane won 8-0.