SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Junior Andre Dome helped Cal Poly clinch the regular season conference title and No. 1 tournament seed with a 4-0 record in singles and doubles, earning him Big West Men's Tennis Athlete of the Week accolades.
Dome was key in helping the Mustangs defeat UC Irvine and UC Riverside by identical 5-2 scores on the road that secured an unblemished 5-0 Big West mark.
He toppled UCI's No. 92 Fabian Matthews in straight sets, 6-0, 6-4 and paired with Matt Fawcett to breeze past Sam Gould and Jacob Jung, 8-2. Against the Highlanders, Dome held off Felix Macherez by a 6-4, 6-4 count and teamed with Sebastian Bell to blank the UCR duo of Simon Peters and Jimmy Roberts, 8-0.
Cal Poly concluded the Big West regular season 5-0 to become the third men's tennis team in conference history to finish undefeated. As a result, the Mustangs enter this year's Big West Championships as the No. 1 seed and receive a first round bye. They play the winner of No. 4 seed Pacific and No. 5 UC Davis in the semifinals on Saturday at Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
The Mustangs are currently ranked No. 63 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings and enter the tournament 13-7 overall. Six of their losses have come against ranked opponents. It is the third time in program history that Cal Poly is the No. 1 seed in the tournament – 2010 and 2007 are the others. The Mustangs are looking to win their first tournament championship, with their best previous finishes being runner-up in 2010 and 2007.
Cal Poly is led by Dome, the team's No. 1 singles player who owns a 14-4 record in dual matches. He is ranked No. 40 in singles in the ITA rankings. At one point, Dome sported an 11-match winning streak.
On the second court, seniors Matt Fawcett and Brian McPhee have split time with Fawcett posting an 0-4 record and McPhee 8-7.
On the fourth court junior Jordan Bridge has been dominate with a 9-3 record while Jurgen De Jager as a 9-4 record on courts five and six. Senior Sebastian Bell has produced solid play with an 8-3 record.
On the doubles court, Dome and Fawcett have teamed for an 8-1 record while Bridge and McPhee are 10-6.