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Men’s Tennis’ Comeback Falls Just Short Against No. 22 Arizona

Men’s Tennis’ Comeback Falls Just Short Against No. 22 Arizona
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Despite coming back from down 3-0 to tie it at 3-3, the Cal Poly men's tennis program's comeback to upset No. 22 Arizona fell just short Thursday at home, falling 4-3 to the Wildcats (10-1)

Arizona won the doubles point after wins on courts 2 and 3. The Mustangs' (3-5) No. 1 doubles pairing of seniors Josh Ortlip (pictured) and Dominic Bechard won their match over Jonas Ziverts and Carlos Hassey 6-4 to even up the doubles wins before the Wildcats clinched the point with a win at No. 2 doubles.

After Arizona took a 3-0 lead after wins at No. 4 and No. 6 singles, Ortlip put Cal Poly on the board with his most impressive win of the season over the Wildcats' Jonas Ziverts 6-3, 6-3.

That was followed by a win by freshman Gary Vardanyan at No. 3 singles in straight sets 6-1, 7-6 (5) to close the gap to 3-2. With the win, Vardanyan remains unbeaten in singles this season and is a team-best 6-0.

Sophomore Alex Stater then tied things up at three after his most impressive win of the season over Carlos Hassey 7-6 (3), 6-3.

The match came down to a three-set battle at the No. 2 spot between Cal Poly junior Antoine Noel and Arizona's Filip Malbasic, who came in ranked as the No. 122 in the country in singles. Noel took the first set 6-3 before Malbasic forced a third set after winning the second 6-3. In what was a back-and-forth fight between the two, Malbasic came out on top 6-4 to seal the win for the Wildcats.

The Mustangs were supposed to face Santa Clara Saturday on the road. However, because of the weather forecast, the match has been postponed until April 14. They now will play their next four matches at home. The next one will be Friday, March 8 at noon.