INDIAN WELLS, Calif. — The second seeded Cal Poly men's tennis team finished second at the Big West Tournament, as it fell to top-seeded UC Santa Barbara 4-0 on Sunday in the championship match at Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
After beating UC Irvine on Friday in the semifinals, the Mustangs advanced to their fourth straight championship match against the Gauchos.
Cal Poly battled tough in doubles, tying the score at a match apiece after the No. 2 pairing of junior Antoine Noel and freshman Gary Vardanyan beat Joseph Guillin and Victor Krustev 6-4. UCSB then secured the doubles point with a 6-3 win at the No. 3 position.
The Mustangs continued to fight in singles. Senior Josh Ortlip took the first set 7-5 over Nicolas Moreno De Alboran, the 14th ranked singles player in the country. Ortlip was in the third set when the match was called.
On court six, sophomore Roman Shenkiryk won his first set 7-6 (2) and was leading 2-1 in the second set when the match was called.
The Gauchos' Hironori Koyanagi pushed the lead to 2-0 with a 6-1, 6-3 win at the No. 4 spot. Guillin then put UCSB up 3-0 with a 6-0, 7-5 win at the No. 2 spot.
The match was then clinched by Krustev at the No. 3 position with a 6-2, 6-4 victory.
The Mustangs have now made it to the Big West Tournament Championship match six of the last seven years.
They finish the season with a 14-10 overall record and went 5-2 in conference play, including the Big West Tournament. For the second straight year, the team only lost one match at Mustang Tennis Complex, going 8-1 this year at home.