Extending the team's win streak to seven, the program's longest since 2005, the Princeton men's tennis team won at Cal Poly 4-3 Saturday evening in the first of three matches in California over spring break.
It was Princeton's sixth match against a fellow ITA-ranked opponent this season and third win among those matches. The Tigers lost to Cal Poly 6-1 a year ago. Princeton entered this match ranked 56th in the nation while Cal Poly was 45th.
"We're very pleased to get through today with a win against a very good Cal Poly team," Princeton head coach Billy Pate said. "It's always a bit tricky the first match outdoors, but we handled the transition well. We'll get a couple more days of practice and be ready for Pepperdine Wednesday."
The Tigers will have their hands full with their next match, coming Wednesday at 7 p.m. Eastern, as the Waves are currently ranked No. 12 in the nation. A new ITA list will come out Tuesday.
Princeton tipped the match its way when the nationally 32nd-ranked pair of Zack McCourt and Matija Pecotic won their match 9-7 at first doubles, and singles play saw five of the 10 sets go to tiebreaks. At 2-2, wins by McCourt and Jonathan Carcione provided the last two points to clinch the match.
(56) Princeton (10-3) 4, (45) Cal Poly (6-5) 3
1. (32) McCourt/Pecotic (P) def. Bridge/Dome (CP), 9-7
2. Comuzzo/Matt Thomson (CP) def. Dan Davies/Spindler (P), 8-4
3. Bloom/Matt Siow (P) def. Beasley/De Jager (CP), 8-2
Order of finish: 3,2,1
1. (30) Andre Dome (CP) def. (4) Matija Pecotic (P), 6-2, 6-2
2. Zack McCourt (P) def. Jordan Bridge (CP), 6-4, 7-6
3. Marco Comuzzo (CP) def. Matt Spindler (P), 7-6, 7-6
4. Derek Klein (CP) def. Augie Bloom (P), 6-4, 7-6
5. Dan Richardson (P) def. Jurgen De Jager (CP), 6-2, 6-2
6. Jonathan Carcione (P) def. Naveen Beasley (CP), 6-2, 7-6
Order of finish: 5,1,4,2,6,3