URBANA, Ill. – Cal Poly senior Andre Dome upset the fourth seeded player and the 5th-ranked player in the nation Thursday to advance to the round of 16 at the NCAA Men's Tennis Singles Championship at the Atkins Tennis Center in Urbana, Ill.
Dome, ranked 30th in the nation, defeated Anthony Rossi of Kentucky, 6-2, 6-7 (5), and 6-3, and will face 13th-ranked Evan King of Michigan on Friday.
Advancing into the round of 16, Dome automatically qualifies as an All-American, the first for Cal Poly at the Division I level.
The match opened with Dome breaking Rossi twice for a 3-0 lead before the Kentucky player battled back to break Dome in the fourth game.
The two held serve until the seventh game when Dome broke Rossi for a third time in the set and cruised to a 6-2 win.
The second set went to a tiebreaker with each player holding serve. Dome had an opportunity to break Rossi in the seventh game, up 40-0, but could not finish it off. In the tie breaker, Rossi held a 6-3 lead, but an ace and a forehand by Dome cut the lead to 6-5. Rossi closed out the tiebreaker and the set on a drop shot just out of reach of Dome.
The third set opened with Dome holding serve when it began raining. After approximately 30 minute delay, the match moved to the indoor courts where play continued. Dome broke Rossi's serve and held his own for a 3-0 lead. That break would be all that Dome would need as he held serve and won the third set, 6-3,
The two-time Big West Player of the Year and four-time All-Big West First Team selection is an astounding 21-2 in dual matches and 25-4 overall this season at No. 1 for Cal Poly. He has won his last 21 matches and has not lost since the end of January.