Mustangs Fall to Fresno State 4-3 in First Round of Arizona State Invitational

Mustangs Fall to Fresno State 4-3 in First Round of Arizona State Invitational

TEMPE, AZ — Cal Poly men's tennis fell to Fresno State Friday in the first round of the Arizona State Invitational tournament.

After defeating the Bulldogs the previous weekend 4-2, the Mustangs lost in the rematch 4-3.

Cal Poly won in doubles 2-1. Freshmen Andrew Whitehouse and Roman Shenkiyrk lost to Cem Erturk and Zdenek Derkas 6-4.

Junior Josh Ortlip and senior Axel Damiens defeated Cagatay Soke and Xander Veys 7-5.

Senior Karl Eander and junior Dominic Bechard defeated Mantas Bugailiskis and Youssef Hassan 7-6 (6).

In singles, the Mustangs lost 4-2.

Shenkiyrk first lost to Erturk 6-7, 6-2. Stater then lost to Soke 7-6, 7-6. Damiens also lost to Derkas 7-5, 6-1.

Ortlip secured the first singles win for Cal Poly defeating Bugailiskis 6-2, 6-0.

Bechard then defeated Veys 7-5, 6-3, tying the match at 3-3.

Noel played a marathon match against Moser but fell 7-6 (8), 7-6 (5). Associate head coach Garrett Patton said Noel played his heart out.

Patton played at Boise State under current Fresno State head coach Luke Shields and had the privilege of battling against him this season.

Cal Poly and Fresno State are now 1-1 this season and have developed a rivalry playing back-to-back weekends.

Patton said, "Our back and forth with Fresno State brings the best out of each school. The intensity that every guy has brought in these past two matches is the epitome of what college athletics is all about."

The Mustangs are now 5-2 this season. They play in the second round of the ASU Invitational against Arizona State Saturday at 12:00 p.m. at the Whiteman Tennis Center.