SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — The Cal Poly men's tennis team wrapped up its fall season this past weekend with the team splitting between the Saint Mary's Fall Invitational in Moraga and the Southern California Intercollegiate Championships in Los Angeles.
At the Saint Mary's Fall Invitational, freshman Karapet Vardanyan won the Flight B Singles, winning five matches to take the title. Also in Flight B Singles, sophomore Roman Shenkiryk won three matches and sophomores Gabriel Gilbert and Andrew Whitehouse each picked up a win.
In doubles, Bechard and Vardanyan teamed up to win three matches in Flight A doubles. Freshman Dustin Kua and Nakayama won two matches in Flight A doubles. In Flight B doubles, Shenkiryk and Whitehouse paired up to win two matches, respectively.
At the Southern California Intercollegiate Championships, senior Josh Ortlip advanced to the quarterfinals of the main singles draw against, filled with some of the top players on the west coast. Ortlip took down USC's Bradley Frye in the first round in straight sets. He then beat Texas Tech's Bjorn Thomson in three sets by winning the final two.
In the consolation singles draw, sophomore Alex Stater won three matches to take home the consolation title. After a first round bye, Stater took down BYU's David Ball in straight sets, UC Irvine's Aaron Bailey and UCI's Antoine Barthe in the championship 6-3, 6-3 to win the championship. Also in the singles consolation draw, junior Antoine Noel won two matches to reach the semifinals, beating UC San Diego's Sahm Irvine and Texas Tech's Artem Kapshuk.
With the fall season now concluded, the Mustangs prepare for their spring campaign which begins January 18 when they head to West Point, N.Y. to take on Army, Yale and Michigan State.