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Top Two Seeds Meet For Men's Tennis Championship

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Top-seeded Hawai‘i survived a four-hour war, No. 2 seed Cal Poly overcame its chief rival, and the two winning squads set up a meeting for Sunday's Big West Men's Tennis Tournament championship match at Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

Cal Poly Blanks UC Santa Barbara, 4-0alt

Cal Poly – UC Santa Barbara MT Box Score

No. 2 seed Cal Poly won its semifinal match of the Big West Men’s Tennis Tournament, defeating No. 3 seed UC Santa Barbara 4-0 at Indian Wells Tennis Garden Friday.

The Mustangs advanced to their fourth conference tournament final on the heels of appearances in 2007, 2010 and 2012.  Cal Poly is bidding for its second tournament crown after winning in 2012.

Cal Poly scrapped for the doubles point as all three matches were closely contested.  The Gauchos were victorious at the No. 2 spot, but Cal Poly answered at No. 3 with Jurgen De Jager and Ben Donovan downing Teague Hamilton and Andrew Riminton, 8-7 (4).  The Mustangs clinched the point when No. 1 tandem Marco Comuzzo and Matt Thomson slipped past Sasha Gryaznov and Ziad Sultan, 8-6.

The Mustangs took the 1-0 advantage and rolled in singles.  Donovan made quick work of Sultan, winning 6-1, 6-2 at No. 1.  De Jager tallied a 6-1, 6-3 win against Erik Johnsson at No. 3, and Naveen Beasley cemented the victory at No. 6 with his 6-1, 6-4 victory over Luke Steeb.

Now 10-12 on the season, Cal Poly meets first-time Big West championship match participant and top-seeded Hawai‘i on Sunday at 9:00 a.m.  The Gauchos saw their season end at 9-14.


1. Comuzzo/Thomson (CP) def. Gryaznov/Sultan (UCSB) - 8-6
2. Johnsson/Seemann (UCSB) def. Devin Barber/Pang (CP) - 8-5
3. De Jager/Donovan (CP) def. Hamilton/Andrew Riminton (UCSB) - 8-7 (4)

Order of finish: 2, 3, 1

1. Ben Donovan (CP) def. Ziad Sultan (UCSB) - 6-1, 6-2
2. Marco Comuzzo (CP) vs. Sasha Gryaznov (UCSB) - DNF
3. Jurgen De Jager (CP) def. Erik Johnsson (UCSB) - 6-1, 6-3
4. Corey Pang (CP) vs. Teague Hamilton (UCSB) - DNF
5. Matt Thomson (CP) vs. Miles Seemann (UCSB) - DNF
6. Naveen Beasley (CP) def. Luke Steeb (UCSB) - 6-1, 6-4

Order of finish: 1, 3, 6

Hawai‘i Wins Epic Four-Hour Semifinal Match
Hawai‘i – UC Davis MT Box Score

Top-seeded Hawai‘i and No. 4 seed UC Davis engaged in an all-out, four-hour war that featured four singles matches going the full three sets, but in the end, the Rainbow Warriors prevailed in the Big West Men’s Tennis Tournament semifinal by a 4-3 margin.

The Rainbow Warriors qualify for their first tournament final in their second season as a Big West member.  They enter Sunday’s match against No. 2 seed Cal Poly with an 8-11 record.  The Aggies, which started three freshmen in their singles lineup, finished above .500 for the first time at the Division I level with a 14-11 record.

UH built its foundation for victory early on by claiming the crucial doubles point.  The two teams split at No. 3 and No. 1, leaving the deciding match up to the No. 2 draw.  Jonathan Brooklyn and Carter Lam edged Parker Kelley and James Wade in a tight 8-7 (4) affair to take the 1-0 lead.

The Aggies caught a tough break at the start of singles play when freshman James Wade, playing at No. 2, had to retire against UH’s Nils Schuhmann after losing the first set, 6-3, and trailing 1-0 in the second at the time the match ended.  Wade was 19-3 in dual matches, including wins in 12 of his previous 13 outings.

Trailing 2-0, the Aggies mounted a furious comeback with three consecutive wins.  Bryce McKelvie started the rally at No. 6, outlasting Pavel Liska, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.  Sophomore Brett Bacharach followed suit with another three-set triumph, this time at No. 4 as he overcame an early deficit to beat Danilo Casanova, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.

The No. 1 player for the Aggies, Alec Adamson, battled Brooklyn back-and-forth in an entertaining match which ended with a second-set tiebreaker Adamson walking away a 6-4, 7-6 (5) victor.

Back came the Rainbow Warriors as David Schuster won a three-set match of his own.  Schuster, playing at No. 5, defeated Kelley by a 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 score.

With the match tied at 3-3, the outcome of the battle rested in the hands of No. 3 players Chas Okamoto of UH and Kyle Miller of UCD.  Okamoto lost the first set, but rebounded to win the next two and logged a 3-6, 6-2, 7-5 victory to give UH the 4-3 team win. 

(1) HAWAI‘I 4, (4) UC DAVIS 3

1. Adamson/Adam Levie (UCD) def. Schuhmann/Schuster (UH) - 8-4
2. Brooklyn/Carter Lam (UH) def. Kelley/Wade (UCD) - 8-7 (4)
3. Okamoto/Marcel Chan (UH) def. Bacharach/Adam Luba (UCD) - 8-6

Order of finish: 3, 1, 2

1. Alec Adamson (UCD) def. Jonathan Brooklyn (UH) - 6-4, 7-6 (5)
2. Nils Schuhmann (UH) def. James Wade (UCD) - 6-3, 1-0 (ret.)
3. Chas Okamoto (UH) def. Kyle Miller (UCD) - 3-6, 6-2, 7-5
4. Brett Bacharach (UCD) def. Danilo Casanova - 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
5. David Schuster (UH) def. Parker Kelley (UCD) - 6-4, 2-6, 6-4
6. Bryce McKelvie (UCD) def. Pavel Liska (UH) - 6-3, 1-6, 6-3

Order of finish: 2, 6, 4, 1, 5, 3