FRESNO, Calif. -- Samuel Bloore and Thomas Hunt provided wins at No. 5 and 6 singles but the rest of the day belonged to No. 62-ranked Cal Poly as the Mustangs beat the Saint Mary's men's tennis team 5-2 in Fresno.
Saint Mary's (1-1) got its trip to Fresno started well Friday, beating No. 50 Fresno State 4-3 in a long day of tennis that lasted around four hours.
On Saturday, the Gaels matched up against another ranked team and, this time, weren't so successful.
Cal Poly (1-0) claimed the doubles point with wins in the first two matches that finished.
Jesse Kiuru and Joakim Norstrom played at No. 1 for Saint Mary's and fell 8-3 to Andre Dome and Jordan Bridge. Seif El Sherbini teamed with Hunt at No. 3, but the duo was defeated 8-3 by Jurgen DeJager and Marco Comuzzo.
The Gaels' No. 2 team of Tuomas Manner and James Markiewicz trailed 6-4 at No. 2 when the match was stopped due to Cal Poly having earned the point.
On to singles the teams went, and Cal Poly was equally strong. Dome defeated Kiuru 6-2, 6-4 at No. 1, and Derek Klein followed with a 6-3, 6-3 win over El Sherbini at No. 4. Comuzzo defeated Manner 7-5, 6-3 at No. 2, and Bridge beat Norstrom 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 at No. 3.
The Gaels got their wins thanks to a pair of long matches. At No. 6, Hunt outlasted Naveen Beasley in an epic three-set affair, earning a 6-7, 7-5, 11-9 victory to get SMC on the board.
Not long after, Bloore finished off a marathon of his own, beating DeJager 7-6, 5-7, 10-6 at No. 5.
Saint Mary's returns to Moraga for its home opener this Wednesday, as the Gaels host Sonoma State at 3 p.m.