BOISE, Idaho – Highlighted by three consecutive singles victories from the third through fifth positions, the Cal Poly men's tennis team defeated Boise State, 5-2 at the Boas Tennis Center on Monday afternoon in Boise, Idaho. The Mustangs picked up their third win over the last five matches and improved to 10-7 overall.
After the sophomore pairing of Ben Donovan and Corey Pang had their 10-match unbeaten doubles streak halted by Lewis Roskilly and Thomas Tenreiro, 6-3 at No. 1, Cal Poly's freshman tandem of Karl Enander and Lucas Lesoeur ensured the Mustangs a chance to still take the doubles point with a 6-3 decision over Brian Foley and Toby Mitchell in the third position.
With the doubles portion knotted at one apiece, Cal Poly sophomore Garrett Auproux and senior Devin Barber ousted Abe Hewko and Garrett Patton at No. 2, 7-5, to clinch the point for the Mustangs.
Cal Poly freshman Axel Damiens discharged Hewko at No. 6 singles, 7-5 and 6-3, providing the Mustangs with a 2-0 advantage. With the victory, Damiens improved to 7-2 this season in the sixth position.
Boise State, however, battled back with two consecutive singles victories to tie the match at two, as Tenreiro defeated Cal Poly sophomore Ben Donovan in the second position, 6-4 and 6-3. It was the first time this season that Donovan occupied anything but the first position during singles play.
Auproux – who battled in the No. 1 spot for the first time this season – sent his first set against Patton to a tiebreak, 7-6 (4) and fell in the second set, 6-2. The Cal Poly sophomore saw his six match singles unbeaten streak snapped with the loss.
With the match tied at two apiece, Cal Poly called on its third, fourth and fifth positions to hammer out a victory on the road. Senior Naveen Beasley provided the Mustangs with a lead after his 6-2, 7-6 (4) win over Lewis Roskilly at No. 5. Beasley improved to 6-2 this season in the fifth position.
Pang used a three-set comeback to dispatch Toby Mitchell, 1-6, 7-5, 6-1, which ultimately clinched the match for Cal Poly at the No. 3 spot. Pang is now 6-5 overall in the third position this season.
Cal Poly's Lesoeur won his second straight singles match with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Foley to paint the finishing touches on the Mustang road victory.
With the win, Cal Poly ensured itself a fifth consecutive double-digit win season.
Cal Poly (10-7) finishes off its three-match road trip, traveling to Las Vegas for a 3 p.m. Friday bout against UNLV.
1. Garrett Patton (BSU) def. Garrett Auproux (CP) 7-6 (7-4), 6-2
2. Thomas Tenreiro (BSU) def. Ben Donovan (CP) 6-4, 6-3
3. Corey Pang (CP) def. Toby Mitchell (BSU) 1-6, 7-5, 6-1
4. Lucas Lesoeur (CP) def. Brian Foley (BSU) 6-4, 6-4
5. Naveen Beasley (CP) def. Lewis Roskilly (BSU) 6-2, 7-6 (7-4)
6. Axel Damiens (CP) def. Abe Hewko (BSU) 7-5, 6-3
1. Lewis Roskilly/Thomas Tenreiro (BSU) def. Ben Donovan/Corey Pang (CP) 6-3
2. Garrett Auproux/Devin Barber (CP) def. Abe Hewko/Garrett Patton (BSU) 7-5
3. Karl Enander/Lucas Lesoeur (CP) def. Brian Foley/Toby Mitchell (BSU) 6-3