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Thursday, April 18, 2024

Season comes to a close for men’s tennis in Big West Conference quarterfinals

Maybe a third time would have been the charm.

The UC Davis men’s tennis team was tossed from the Big West Conference Tournament after losing to Cal Poly in the quarterfinals. It was the second time the Aggies fell to the Mustangs in as many chances this season.

“We came up short,” said senior Justin Garcia. “It was a disappointing end, but I am proud of what we accomplished this season.”

The Mustangs, who first defeated the Aggies on Apr. 5, blanked UC Davis to advance to the semifinal round of play, 4-0.

Cal Poly began the afternoon at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden by sweeping UC Davis in doubles, earning a 1-0 lead entering singles play.

The Mustangs quickly garnered a 3-0 lead as Garcia and senior Henri Landes fell to Drew Jacobs and Andy Gerst, respectively, each losing by a score of 6-2, 6-2.

Cal Poly clinched a berth in the semifinal round against UC Santa Barbara when Aggie sophomore Tyler Lee retired due to cramping, ending the match at the score of 4-6, 6-2.

UC Davis finishes its season with a 1-5 record against conference opponents and 10-13 overall.

With the season in the books, the collegiate careers of Garcia, Landes and Daniel Elefant have come to a close. It was also the final time Garcia would play with his brother, Shaun, as an Aggie.

“It was very exciting to have my brother Shaun on the team with me this year. His enthusiasm motivated everyone,” said Garcia. “He is the voice of our team.”

NIRVAIR KELLEY can be reached at sports@californiaaggie.com.

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