WEST POINT, N.Y. — The Cal Poly men's tennis team earned its first victory of the 2019 season Saturday after beating Army 4-2 in the second of its three matches this weekend at a tournament hosted by the Black Knights (1-2).
Army won the doubles point after close wins at the Nos. 2 and 3 spots to take a 1-0 lead. Senior Josh Orltip and freshman Roman Shenkiryk did win their doubles match at the No. 1 spot 7-6.
Needing to win four matches in singles, the Mustangs (1-1) came out strong by winning the first two singles matches. Freshman Karapet Vardanyan got things started for Cal Poly at the No. 5 position, winning his match in straight sets 6-3, 6-1. Vardanyan has now started his Cal Poly career 2-0 in singles.
Junior Antoine Noel followed up Vardanyan's win with a 7-5, 6-1 win at the No. 3 slot to give the Mustangs a 2-1 lead. After Army won at the No. 6 position to tie it 2-2, Ortlip won his match at the No. 1 spot 6-3, 7-5. Ortlip is now 2-0 this season in singles.
With Cal Poly leading 3-2, senior Dominic Bechard (pictured) was locked in a battle at the No. 2 spot with a chance to give the Mustangs the win. After dropping a close first set 6-7, Bechard came back to win the next two sets 6-4, 6-3 to seal the victory.
Cal Poly will wrap up the tournament Sunday against Michigan State starting at 7 a.m. PT.