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Mustang Men’s Tennis Set to Open 2018 Season on the Road

Mustang Men’s Tennis Set to Open 2018 Season on the Road

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly men's tennis team is preparing to open its season next weekend on the road against Pacific and Sacramento State and they will be doing so with some newcomers to the team.

The Mustangs will face the Tigers on Saturday, January 20 at 11 a.m. and the Hornets on Sunday, January 21 at 10 a.m.

Cal Poly returns four players from last year's team, led by seniors Axel Damiens and Karl Enander. Damiens compiled an overall singles record of 19-12 and 8-2 in doubles play last season. Enander finished his junior season with an overall singles record of 6-3 and 6-11 record in doubles play. The other two returners from last year are junior Josh Ortlip and sophomore Antoine Noel.

The Mustangs welcome seven newcomers to this year's team, including three who joined the team at the start of the winter quarter in freshmen Roman Shenkiryk and Gabriel Gilbert and junior transfer Dominic Bechard.

Bechard joins the Mustangs this season after spending his first two years at the University of Tulsa. There he compiled an overall record of 17-31 in singles and 16-18 in doubles play. The junior hails from Perth, Australia where he won the under 16 doubles national competition in Australia and at one point was ranked third in the state of Perth.

Shenkiryk is a freshman hailing from San Diego. He attended Canyon Crest Academy in San Diego where he was a 2016 CIF doubles champion. Gilbert is a freshman from Paris, France.

Including those two freshmen, this year's team features six freshmen that will be looked upon to contribute.

Last year's squad finished 18-8 overall and made it all the way to the Big West Conference Tournament Championship.

The first home match of the season is on Feb. 3 when the Mustangs host San Diego State beginning at noon at Mustang Tennis Complex.