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Cal Poly Men’s Tennis Downs Michigan State 4-3 for Second Straight Win

Cal Poly Men’s Tennis Downs Michigan State 4-3 for Second Straight Win

RESULTS

WEST POINT, N.Y. — The Cal Poly men's tennis team won its second straight match in a 4-3 win over Michigan State Sunday to wrap up its weekend at the Arthur Ashe Invitational hosted by Army.

The Mustangs (2-1) got the victory over the Spartans (3-2) after winning the doubles point and three singles matches.

In doubles, junior Antoine Noel and redshirt freshman Daly Meinert paired up at the No. 2 position to win their match 6-3. Senior Dominic Bechard and freshman Gary Vardanyan (pictured) then won their match at the No. 3 spot 7-5 to secure the doubles point for Cal Poly.

"Our guys responded well to us emphasizing playing strong in doubles and they came through big time," Cal Poly associate head coach Garrett Patton said.

In singles, Noel got things started for the Mustangs after a 6-2, 6-4 win over Michigan State's Ivan Rakic at the No. 3 position. After the Spartans won three matches to take a 3-2 lead, Vardanyan beat Nick Williams at the No. 5 spot 6-2, 7-5 to tie the match at 3-3. Sophomore Alex Stater then clinched the win for Cal Poly after a hard-fought three set win over Carson Gates 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 at the No. 4 position.

Vardanyan is off to a strong start in his Cal Poly career. The freshman is now a combined 4-0 after going 3-0 in singles and 1-0 in doubles over the weekend. Stater is also off to a perfect 2-0 in singles to begin the 2019 season.

"Our senior leadership with Josh (Ortlip) and Dominic (Bechard) is phenomenal and our young guys have really stepped up and it's good to see and hopefully we can keep this momentum going," Patton added.

The Mustangs head to southern California next weekend to participate in the ITA Kick-Off Weekend on the campus of USC. Cal Poly will face the Trojans Saturday as well as South Alabama and UC Santa Barbara Sunday.