IRVINE, Calif. – The Cal Poly men's tennis team defeated UC Irvine, 5-2, in a Big West Conference match on Saturday to improve to 4-0 in Big West play and secure a share of its third regular season conference title and the No. 1 seed at the conference tournament.
The 58th-ranked Mustangs improve to 12-7 overall while UC Irvine falls to 6-16 and 3-2 in conference play. Cal Poly will return to the courts on Sunday when they travel to UC Riverside to conclude regular season play.
Play opened on the doubles court with UC Irvine holding the upper hand and winning two of the three matches and the doubles point. The 34th-ranked team of Andre Dome and Matt Fawcett picked up the Mustangs lone win on the doubles court with a dominating 8-2 win over Sam Gould and Jacob Jung.
In singles play, Dome quickly evened the match with a straight-set, 6-0, 6-4, win over Fabian Matthews on the first court. Dome entered the match ranked 34th while Matthews was ranked 92nd.
Junior Jurgen De Jager gave the Mustangs a 2-1 edge on the fourth court when he defeated Jan Kazarian, 6-2, 7-5, and Marco Comuzzo made it 3-1 with a 6-2, 6-0 win on the fifth court over Shuhei Shibahara.
Sebastian Bell sealed the win for the Mustangs with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Ryan Cheung on the sixth court.
UCI picked up its lone singles win on the second court, but senior Brian McPhee put away Jacob Jung on the third court, 7-6, 6-2.
Tennis Match Results
Cal Poly vs UC Irvine
Apr 21, 2012 at Irvine, Calif.
(Anteater Tennis Stadium)
#58 Cal Poly 5, UC Irvine 2
1. #34 Andre Dome (CP) def. #92 Fabian Matthews (UCI) 6-0, 6-4
2. Sam Gould (UCI) def. Matt Fawcett (CP) 6-3, 6-1
3. Brian McPhee (CP) def. Jacob Jung (UCI) 7-6, 6-2
4. Jurgen De Jager (CP) def. Jan Kazarian (UCI) 6-2, 7-5
5. Marco Comuzzo (CP) def. Shuhei Shibahara (UCI) 6-2, 6-0
6. Sebastian Bell (CP) def. Ryan Cheung (UCI) 6-3, 6-2
1. #54 Andre Dome/Matt Fawcett (CP) def. Sam Gould/Jacob Jung (UCI) 8-2
2. Ryan Cheung/Jan Kazarian (UCI) def. Brian McPhee/Jordan Bridge (CP) 8-1
3. Fabian Matthews/Shuhei Shibahara (UCI) def. Marco Comuzzo/Jurgen De Jager (CP) 8-2
Cal Poly 12-7, 4-0 BWC; National ranking #58
UC Irvine 6-16, 3-2 BWC
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (1,4,5,6,2,3)