SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — The Cal Poly men's tennis team will play in its first event of the fall season this weekend at the Battle of the Bay in San Francisco. The tournament runs Friday through Sunday.
Two Mustangs will play in the tournament, seniors Dominic Bechard and Josh Ortlip. A full recap of the tournament will be posted Sunday after the conclusion of the last match.
Some of the schools represented at the tournament will be USC, Georgia, TCU, CAL, Michigan, Texas Tech, Stanford, Texas, Wake Forest, USF, Pacific, SDSU, UCSB, USD, Fresno State, Cal Poly and Hawaii. The winner of the men's singles will gain a wild card into the Fairfield Challenger main draw. The winner of the semifinals tiebreaker shootout, on Saturday night, will gain a wild card into the Tiburon Challenger main draw. All four singles players who make it to the semifinals round will be put into a super tiebreaker shootout Saturday nigh with the winner of the shootout will receive the main draw wild card for the Tiburon Challenger. All of those are professional tennis events.
Bechard and Ortlip finished with the two best singles records on the team last season. Bechard went 13-3, primarily at the second position. Ortlip ended last season 14-6, all at the first position. Both were named to the Big West All-Conference First Team.
Along with Ortlip and Bechard, Cal Poly returns five players from last year's squad. Those players include sophomores Andrew Whitehouse, Roman Shenkiryk, Alex Stater and Gabriel Gilbert as well as junior Antoine Noel.
Noel earned a spot on the Big West All-Conference Second Team after going 17-6 in singles and 3-0 in doubles.
Whitehouse and Shenkiryk were named Big West honorable mention for doubles after a 7-11 record at the second doubles position.
The team features three newcomers this year in Dustin Kua. Cambell Nakayama and Karapet Vardanyan.
The Mustangs finished with an overall record of 18-7 last season and a second-place Big West finish. Twice they were ranked in the ITA's Top 50 teams, once at 44.