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Cal Poly Men’s Tennis Defeats Pacific for First Win of the Season

Cal Poly Men’s Tennis Defeats Pacific for First Win of the Season

STOCKTON – The Cal Poly men's tennis team defeated the Pacific Tigers in the first dual match of the season, winning 5-2 Saturday afternoon at the Eve Zimmerman Tennis Center. 

In doubles, freshmen Andrew Whitehouse and Roman Shenkiryk defeated Akram El Sallaly and Bernardo Oliveira 6-3, procuring their first wins in a dual. Junior Josh Ortlip and senior Axel Damiens also defeated Ross Watson and Chris Cajigan 6-2. Senior Karl Enander and sophomore Antoine Noel played Tadiwa Chinamo and Johnathan Lieu but did not finish. 

Freshmen Roman Shenkiryk got his first dual match win in singles, defeating Nathan Hampton 7-6 (3) and 6-2. 

Junior Josh Ortlip defeated sophomore Akram El Sallaly in singles play despite losing the first set 3-6. He went on to win the match 3-6, 6-4 and 6-0. 

Freshmen Alexander Stater also picked up his first dual match win in singles play, defeating Ross Watson 6-3, 3-6 and 6-4. 

Sophomore Antoine Noel picked up another win, defeating Bernardo Oliveira in two sets 7-6 and 7-6. 

Senior Axel Damiens, now 6-4 this year, lost to Tadiwa Chinamo in singles, finishing the match 6-3 and 6-3 and giving the Tigers their first point of the afternoon. Damiens has the 8th all-time best winning percentage for dual matches at Cal Poly. He is also tied for 11th in single-season wins in dual matches at 15-7.

Freshman Andrew Whitehouse lost to Johnathan Lieu in two sets 6-4 and 7-5. 

The Mustang win advances them to 1-0 on the season. The men's tennis team will travel to Sacramento State to take on the Hornets in another dual match Sunday, Jan. 21, at 10 a.m.