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January 20, 2012

Men’s Tennis Falls to No. 27 San Diego, 4-2

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – The Cal Poly men's tennis team opened the 2012 dual season with a 4-2 loss to 27th-ranked San Diego on Saturday. The Mustangs entered the match ranked 47th in nation in the most recent ITA poll. Only singles play was scored as the match was shortened due to inclement weather.

With the loss the Mustangs are 0-1 on the season and will play San Diego State on Sunday. 

Senior Brian McPhee and junior Jordan Bridge were the two Mustang players to pickup wins on Saturday.

McPhee, playing from the second court, upset Thibaut Visy in straight sets. Visy entered Saturday's match ranked 61st in the nation. McPhee dominated play, winning 6-1 and 6-2. 

Bridge, playing on the fourth court, dropped the first set, 6-4, to USD's Ciaran Fitzgerald. Bridge bounced back to win the third and fourth sets, 6-1 and 6-4.

Sophomore Jurgen De Jager (fifth court) pushed his opponent, Andrew Raphaelson, to three sets. Raphaelson won the first set 6-2 with De Jager winning the second set 6-2. Raphaelson outlasted De Jager in the third, 7-5. 

Clarke Spinosa defeated sophomore Marco Comuzzo on the third court in straight set, 6-1 and 6-4. Victor Pugliese defeated senior Sebastian Bell, 6-1, 6-2 on the sixth court.

Cal Poly's No. 1 player, Andre Dome, retired after dropping the first set 6-4 to Nikola Bubnic.