SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Sophomore Alex Stater (pictured) came back from down 0-5 in the third set to win it 7-5 and clinch a 4-2 win for the Cal Poly men's tennis team over UC Riverside Saturday at Mustang Tennis Complex, keeping the team unbeaten in conference and earning the program a bye in the first round of the upcoming Big West Tournament.
The Mustangs (12-7, 3-0 BWC) took the doubles point after a 6-1 win at the No. 1 spot by seniors Dominic Bechard and Josh Ortlip and a 6-2 win at the No. 3 position by sophomores Andrew Whitehouse and Roman Shenkiryk.
The win for Ortlip and Bechard is their fourth in a row and improves their record to 6-4 in dual matches this season.
Once the match moved to singles, Ortlip quickly put Cal Poly up 2-0 after a 6-3, 6-2 win at the No. 1 spot. He has now won his last five singles matches and is 12-5 on the season, tied for the most wins on the team with Stater.
Junior Antoine Noel followed suit shortly thereafter at No. 2 singles after a 6-4, 6-4 victory. The win is his fourth in a row and improves his record this season to 11-3.
With the Mustangs up 3-2, Stater clinched the match with a 3-6, 6-1, 7-5 comeback victory. He has now won a team-best nine straight matches and is tied with Ortlip for the most wins on the team at 12-3.
The win improves Cal Poly to 7-1 at home this season. The Mustangs have won five of their last six matches and currently sit in first place in the Big West. They hit the road for a make-up non-conference match with Santa Clara Sunday at 11 a.m.