Jan 23, 2013 7:20 PM by Bill Halter
The Cal Poly men's tennis team is off to a 2-0 start. The team's top player is once again Andre Dome. The Arroyo Grande High graduate is a perfect 2-0 in both singles and doubles play after leading the 62nd ranked Mustangs to wins over St. Mary's and 50th ranked Fresno State. Dome was named the Big West Conference's Athlete of the Week on Wednesday as a result to his brilliant start.
The senior has big plans for this season and beyond. He is this week's Legend in the Making.
The reigning Big West Player of the Year has All-American aspirations this season. Dome moved to Arroyo Grande from Indonesia when he was five years old. Since then he's been hitting tennis balls on the Central Coast. "It's a little bitter sweet. I've been here my whole life and I think it's time for me to move on after this year but it's been fun," said Dome, who's eight career BWC Athlete of the Week awards is tied for third-most in conference history.
Dome plans to pursue a professional career. He's a unique player in that he hits with two hands on the racket from both sides.
"My dad's been my coach since I was little. So we went out, the first time I played I played for three hours, two hands on both sides. My dad just stuck that with me. If it's not broken don't fix it," said Dome.
"It's very rare, especially on the men's side. You don't see it a whole lot. It's pretty demanding on the body, a lot of twisting, a lot of turning, especially on the lower back. But he does it pretty effectively," said Nick Carless, Cal Poly's head coach.
Dome's strengths are his serve and ability to control the pace, something opponents are aware of by now.
"Last year I came out of no where basically and this year people know my game style so I need to adapt my game style a little bit more when people play me because there is a game plan for me," said Dome.
Andre and the Mustangs won a Big West team championship last year before losing in the first round of the NCAA playoffs. As an individual, Dome lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament and in the second round of the doubles tournament. He was the first player in the program 's Division I history to compete in both the singles and doubles NCAA Championships.
Dome is ranked 89th in the nation to open the outdoor season after he was limited in the fall due to an injury. In order to an All-American, Dome will need to be ranked in the top 16 or make the third round of the NCAA Tournament. Cal Poly plays 3rd ranked UCLA on Friday in Westwood.
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