PALO ALTO, Calif. — The Cal Poly men's tennis team, who had won six of its previous seven matches, fell at No. 12 Stanford Thursday 4-0.
Playing its fourth match this season against a team ranked in the ITA Top 50, the Mustangs (9-7, 1-0 BWC) dropped the doubles point to the No. 12 Cardinal (13-4) after they picked up wins on courts two and three. However, at the time doubles ended, Cal Poly's No. 1 pairing of seniors Dominic Bechard and Josh Ortlip were tied 6-6 with the 31st ranked doubles pairing in the country of Stanford's Axel Geller and Alex Rotsaert.
In singles, the Cardinal took the fourth, fifth and sixth positions in straight sets on their way to the 4-0 victory. However, at the time the match ended, Cal Poly was close in the other three singles matches.
At the No. 1 spot, Ortlip was tied at a set apiece going into the third set against the 12th ranked player in the country in Geller. At No. 2 singles, junior Antoine Noel won the first set and was tied 3-3 in the second with Rotsaert, the 47th ranked singles player in the country and sophomore Alex Stater was in a battle in the second set at No. 3 singles with the 110th ranked player William Genesen.
The Mustangs remain on the road for the weekend. They will return to Big West play Saturday with a match against UC Davis at 1 p.m. That will be followed with another non-conference match against the University of Pacific on Sunday at noon.