SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Currently in first place heading into the final week of Big West play, the Cal Poly men's tennis program will play two matches this week, including hosting Hawai'i on Friday for senior day.
The Mustangs (12-8, 3-0 BWC) will host the Rainbow Warriors (7-10, 1-2 BWC) at noon Friday from Mustang Tennis Complex. That will be followed by a regular-season finale trip to face second place UC Santa Barbara Saturday at 10 a.m.
Following Friday's match against Hawai'i, Cal Poly's two seniors, Josh Ortlip and Dominic Bechard will be celebrated. To date, Ortlip has won a total of 51 singles and 24 doubles dual matches in his career. He is on pace to be eighth in program history in career dual match singles winning percentage at .607, and eighth all time in combined career singles and doubles dual match winning percentage at .586. He also made one First Team All-Big West.
In two years at Cal Poly, Bechard has won a total of 19 singles dual matches and 23 doubles dual matches. He was also named to the First Team All-Big West last season and earned a Big West Men's Tennis Athlete of the Week honor once.
Cal Poly is coming off a split of a pair of matches last weekend. They beat Big West foe UC Riverside 4-2 Saturday before falling in a non-conference match to Santa Clara 4-3 Sunday. The win against the Highlanders secured a first round bye for the Mustangs in next week's Big West Tournament. Ortlip and junior Antoine Noel are each riding singles winning streaks. Ortlip has won his last six matches while Noel has won his last five.
The Mustangs are seeking their first regular season Big West title since 2013. To do so, they will have to face a Rainbow Warrior team that is coming off a pair of losses two weeks ago to UC Irvine and UC Riverside and are currently in fifth place in the Big West. They will also have to go through the Gauchos (11-6, 2-0 BWC), who have won the Big West regular season championship the last three years and the Big West Tournament the previous four seasons, and are currently in second place in the conference. The Mustangs have faced them in the championship match of the Big West Tournament the last three years. They are coming off a pair of wins last weekend against UC Irvine and UC Riverside.
Following the conclusion of the regular season this weekend, Cal Poly will get ready for next week's Big West Tournament in Palm Springs, Calif.