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Damiens Clinches Second Match of Weekend Defeating Santa Clara 4-3

Damiens Clinches Second Match of Weekend Defeating Santa Clara 4-3

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Senior Axel Damiens clinched his second dual match of the weekend. On Saturday, he won the final point to defeat UC Davis 4-2 in a conference dual match. On Sunday, Damiens won the tiebreaker against Santa Clara at No. 4 defeating Robert Seby in three sets 6-1, 2-6, 6-3. Damiens said, "I feel pretty unreal right now, giving the guys what they deserve." 

The Mustangs won Sunday's non-conference dual match 4-3, boosting their overall record to 17-5. Cal Poly men's tennis has won five games in a row and is 11-0 at home. 

"We got wins from all over," said Assistant Coach Corey Pang, "Dom and Antoine have been our rocks all season, so for all the other guys to step up this match, that was huge."

The Mustangs won a challenging doubles point. At No. 3, junior Dominic Bechard and senior Karl Enander defeated Kamran Hkan and Connor Garnett 6-2. Freshmen doubles team Andrew Whitehouse and Roman Shenkiyrk won at No. 2 defeating Vasileios Illiopoulos and Jesus Barajas 6-4 and winning the doubles point for Cal Poly. Junior Josh Ortlip and Damiens played Andrew Gu and Robert Seby but did not finish. 

In singles, Santa Clara attempted a comeback, taking three points from the Mustangs. The Broncos won on courts 2, 3, and 5. 

Bechard lost his second singles match at No. 2 this season to Barajas 6-1, 4-6, 6-1. His record is now 13-2 in singles. Sophomore Antoine Noel lost at No. 3 to Connor Garnett 6-2, 2-6, 6-3 and freshman Alexander Stater lost to Iliopoulos 6-3, 6-3. 

At No. 1, Ortlip took down Andrew Gu 7-5, 6-2. He is 17-5 this season, with three Big West Weekly Honors under his belt. 

Enander came back in the second set to win at No. 6, defeating Sebastien Mathieu 6-4, 7-6 (3-0) and tying the Broncos at 3-3 before Damiens clinched the match. 

The Mustangs return to action on Saturday, April 21 for the final conference match of the season against UC Santa Barbra at 10 a.m at Mustang Courts. Both the Mustangs and the Gauchos are undefeated in conference and will play for the Big West regular-season title.