WHITTIER, Calif. - The Whittier College men's tennis team held a 2-1 lead at the end of doubles play but dropped four of six singles matches as Division II Grand Canyon University edged out a 5-4 win over the Poets on Saturday afternoon.
The match was originally schedule for 3 pm but was moved to 10 am because of inclement weather. Mother Nature had her hand in another delay which saw both teams drying the courts to get an official 12:30 pm start on the board.
The No. 3 doubles team of Frank Sun and Gavin Smith got the purple and gold rolling early with an 8-3 win. Grand Canyon earned an 8-1 win at No. 1 doubles but the No. 2 team of Patricio Carregha and Julian Senevirante gave the Poets the 2-1 lead with an impressive 8-6 win.
Carregha and Senevirante held a 6-5 lead midway through play before rain forced a stoppage in the action. After an hour delay the teams returned to the courts where Carregha and Senevirante won the first seven points to break and serve out the match, 8-5.
Justin DeLong played the final singles match, last match on, and despite rallying for a 4-3 lead and a break in the second set, he lost the advantage and the match, 6-2, 6-4.
Sun picked up his second win in as many tries, and first at No. 6 singles, with a 6-4, 6-2, win and was joined in the win column by Sean Robertson who won with a stellar performance, 6-1, 6-2, at the third spot.
Gavin Smith battled back from a 6-0 defeat in the first set to force a third, and deciding, set with a 6-4 win in the second. He ultimately fell, 6-0, 4-6, 6-0.
Carregha dropped his match at No. 1 singles, 6-2, 6-3, and Senevirante dropped a 7-5, 6-2 decision at No. 2.
The Poets return to action on Tuesday, February 9, as they travel to face Biola at 1 pm in a make-up from Friday's rainout.