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Cal Poly men’s tennis advances to Big West Conference Tournament finals

The second-seeded Cal Poly men’s tennis team topped UC Davis 4-2 at the Big West Conference Tournament semifinals on Thursday at Indian Wells.

The two teams met for the second time in as many weeks with Cal Poly coming away the victor in both instances. Cal Poly will play for its third Big West Championship in the the last five years on Saturday against top-seeded UC Santa Barbara.

Garrett Auproux clinched the match for Cal Poly (14-9) with a 6-3, 6-7, 7-5 win over James Wade. Cal Poly freshman Sreyas Kolachalam beat Tommy Lam 6-0, 3-6, 7-5 to make the score 3-2, before Auproux sealed the match.

Kolachalam trailed 5-2 at one point in the final set against Lam.

With the score tied at 1-1, Auproux and Tim Tan beat former Arroyo Grande tennis standout Eli Whittle and his teammate Brett Bacharach 6-3, before the Aggies tied the score again with a 6-3 win by Bryce McKelvie and Lam over Dan Cardiff and Karl Enander.

Cal Poly’s Corey Pang and Ben Donovan won 6-4 over Alec Adamson and Adam Levie to give the Mustangs the point.

UC Davis tied the score again when McKelvie beat Cal Poly freshman Josh Ortlip in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3. Pang responded with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Bacharach to give Cal Poly a 2-1 lead.

Everett Maltby beat Cal Poly’s Axel Damiens 2-6, 6-2, 6-2 before Kolachalam and Auproux sealed the victory.

UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly met last weekend for the regular season conference title, and the Gauchos won 5-2 in San Luis Obispo. In the past five years, only the Gauchos and the Mustangs have won the Big West Tournament title.

Saturday’s match will begin at 9 a.m. at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.