Jan 26, 2013 9:05 PM by Bill Halter
The 57th-ranked Cal Poly men's tennis team started play at the ITA Kick-Off Weekend with a 4-0 loss to 3rd ranked UCLA. 15 sites throughout the country are hosting the kick-off tournament with four teams at each site. UCLA is hosting the bracket that includes South Florida and BYU in addition to Cal Poly. With the loss, the Mustangs fall to 2-1 in dual matches while UCLA improves to 2-0.
After multiple weather delays, play opened with UCLA winning the doubles point. Dennis Mkrtchian and Alex Brigham teamed to defeat the Cal Poly duo of Marco Comuzzo and Jurden De Jager, 8-1. UCLA sealed the doubles point with an 8-2 win as Adrien Puget and Karue Sell defeated Gannon Daynes and Matt Thomson. Andre Dome and Joardan Bridge were down, 7-4, on the first court to Marcos Giron and Dennis Novikov when the doubles point was decided.
In singles, 12th ranked Giron beat 89th ranked Dome in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4. Sell put UCLA up 3-0 with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Naveen Beasley. Novikov sealed the win for the Bruins with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Comuzzo.
Bridge was up, 4-2, in the second set after dropping the first, 7-6 to Puget on the third court when play was called. 41st ranked Mkrtchian won the first set, 7-6, and was up 3-2 over freshman Derek Klein on the fourth court when play was halted. De Jager was up, 5-4, in the second set after Clay Thompson won the first set 6-1.
Cal Poly will play South Florida or BYU in the consolation match on Sunday.
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