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Cal Poly Men’s Tennis Opens Big West Tournament Friday in Semifinals

Cal Poly Men’s Tennis Opens Big West Tournament Friday in Semifinals


SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — The Cal Poly men's tennis program, which earned a first-round bye after a second place conference finish in the regular season, will open the Big West Tournament in the semifinals Friday.

The Mustangs (13-9, 4-1 BWC), who have won four of their last six matches heading into the tournament, will face the winner of Thursday's UC Irvine vs. Hawai'i match on Friday at 3 p.m. Live stats for all matches can be found HERE.

This is the second consecutive year Cal Poly has finished the regular season second in the Big West and earned itself a first-round bye. The Mustangs have made it to the tournament's championship match four of the last five years, winning it in 2014 to qualify for the NCAA Tournament.

Cal Poly has received strong contributions from a number of guys this season that could help carry them to another conference title. In singles, senior Josh Ortlip leads the team in wins at 14-6. The Mustangs have also received strong contributions all year long from junior Antoine Noel, who is 12-4, sophomore Alex Stater, who is 12-5, and freshman Gary Vardanyan, who is 10-7.

In doubles, the pairing of Noel and Vardanyan have led the way. The duo is a team-best 9-3 this season.

For the second straight year, Cal Poly finished the regular season 4-1 in the Big West with its only loss coming against first-place UC Santa Barbara last weekend. The Mustangs beat all the other conference schools, including both teams it could face Friday. They beat Hawai'i 4-3 and UC Irvine 5-2, both at home.

Last season, Cal Poly beat UC Davis in the semifinals before falling to the Gauchos in the championship match. If the Mustangs win, they would play in Sunday's championship match at 9 a.m.