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Mustang Men's Tennis Picks Up Fourth Win of the Week

Mustang Men's Tennis Picks Up Fourth Win of the Week

DENVER, Colo. – The Cal Poly men's tennis team picked up its fourth win of the week after defeating University of Denver 4-2 Sunday afternoon in Denver, Colo. 

"I am really proud of the guys and how they handled themselves the last 10 days," said head coach Nick Carless. "The schedule has been so demanding of them. Seven matches in eight days is a lot of tennis, and they just seemed to get tougher with each match." 

The Mustangs have had a week of winning, as they beat Utah State 4-3 on Tuesday, Middle Tennessee 5-2 on Wednesday, Arizona 5-2 on Saturday and Denver 4-2 on Sunday. 

The win against Denver gave the Mustangs their fifth consecutive win and advances them to 11-5 on the season.  

Cal Poly set the tone for the match in doubles play, where Garrett Auproux and Josh Ortlip beat Pedro Del Valle and Wyatt Lovera on court three 6-3. 

Corey Pang and Ben Donovan picked up an easy 6-2 win on court one against Alex Gasson and Yannik James, giving Cal Poly the doubles point. 

With a 1-0 lead over Denver, the Mustangs went into singles play where they had a rough start but quickly turned things around. 

Auproux took on Gasson on court three, where he fell 6-3, 6-4, while Donovan was defeated by James on court one 6-3, 6-4, giving Denver the lead. 

Antoine Noel tied the score back up on court five, after he beat Wyatt Lovera 7-5, 7-6. 

Axel Damiens pushed Sean Huynh to three sets and came out with a win on court six, 3-6, 6-2, 6-4, giving the Mustangs a 3-2 lead. 

Ortlip clinched the match for Cal Poly after he forced Del Valle to three sets and won 4-6, 6-2, 7-5. 

Pang was in his third set against Diogo Rocha when the match was abandoned. 

"Our backs were against the wall for most of the match and our lower lineup guys just kept competing and found a way to pull points out at the right times," said Carless. "Credit to Denver. They have a good team and it was a great college tennis match." 

The Mustangs will be back on the courts on Sunday March 19 to take on Fresno State in Fresno, Calif.