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April 12, 2014

Mustangs Move Into Third Place in Big West with 4-3 Win Over UC Davis

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — In a battle for third place in the Big West Conference standings, the Cal Poly men's tennis team came from behind on Saturday for a 4-3 home win over UC Davis.

The Mustangs took the doubles point thanks to an 8-3 win by seniors Marco Comuzzo and Matt Thomson over Alec Adamson and Adam Levie, and an 8-4 victory by freshman Ben Donovan and senior Jurgen De Jager versus Brett Bacharach and Adam Luba.

Afterward, in singles, De Jager rallied from a first-set loss to top Kyle Miller at the No. 3 spot, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1, putting Cal Poly up 2-0 while improving his record this season to 13-2.

The Aggies (13-10, 2-3) claimed the next three matches, though — all in three-set fashion — to take a 3-2 lead.

The Mustangs drew even thanks to Donovan's 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-2 win over Adamson at the top of the lineup.

Donovan (15-9) saved four match points in his clutch second set while keeping the Mustangs' hopes going.

Thomson (pictured at right) then clinched it on the No. 5 court, edging Parker Kelley 6-7 (4-7), 7-5, 6-4 to position Cal Poly with a 3-1 record.

The Mustangs (8-12 overall) will now prepare to finish the regular season with the Blue-Green Rivalry against UC Santa Barbara (3-0, 8-12) at 1 p.m. April 19.

That Saturday will start with an alumni social presented by Ernie Ball and Firestone Grill beginning at 10 a.m. next to Mustang Courts.

After the conclusion of the match, supporters are welcomed to attend the inaugural Mustang Tennis Team Awards Dinner, which is hosted by Tennis Connect SLO at San Luis Obispo Country Club from 5 to 7 p.m. Tickets, $25 per person, cover hors d'oeuvres; for more information, call 541-4864.