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Cal Poly Men’s Tennis Tops Denver 6-1, Sweeps Weekend Homestand

Cal Poly Men’s Tennis Tops Denver 6-1, Sweeps Weekend Homestand

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — The Cal Poly men's tennis team won its second straight match in strong fashion after beating Denver Sunday, 6-1 to go 2-0 on the weekend at home.

With the win, the Mustangs (5-5) get back to .500 this season. On Friday they defeated UNLV 4-1.

Cal Poly took the doubles point over the Pioneers (6-6) after wins by the No. 3 doubles pairing of junior Antoine Noel and freshman Gary Vardanyan, 6-2, and was clinched by the No. 2 pairing of sophomore Roman Shenkiryk and redshirt freshman Daly Meinert, 7-6 (5).

Senior Josh Ortlip put Cal Poly up 2-0 with a 6-3, 6-1 win at No. 1 singles. He has now won his last three matches and is 6-3 this season.

Freshman Gary Vardanyan (pictured) then won his match at No. 3 singles, 6-3, 6-1 to give the Mustangs a 3-0 lead. Vardanyan is now a team-leading 7-0 in singles.

Sophomore Alex Stater followed with a match-clinching win at the No. 4 position, 6-3, 6-2. He has won three-matches in a row and improves his record to 6-3 on the season.

Although Cal Poly had already clinched the match, both teams decided to finish the remaining three matches. Noel won his match at No. 2 singles 6-2, 1-6, 6-1 to improve his record to 6-2 this season.

Senior Dominic Bechard picked up Cal Poly's sixth point after a 7-6, 3-6, 1-0 (8) win at No. 5 singles.

The Mustangs are now 3-1 at home this season. They return to action Saturday, March 16th at home against No. 41 Utah beginning at noon from Mustang Tennis Complex.