No. 20 Poets cruise to first SCIAC victory over Occidental 8-1

No. 20 Poets cruise to first SCIAC victory over Occidental 8-1

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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College men's tennis team who is coming off a tough 5-4 loss to Gustavus Adolfus rebounded to cruise to the 8-1 victory and their first SCIAC win of 2012 over the Tigers of Occidental College Friday afternoon.

Whittier now improves to 10-7, 1-2 SCIAC, while Occidental drops to 11-5, 0-3 SCIAC.

The Purple & Gold jumped out in front 3-0 after doubles and grabbed five of six singles to cruise to the 8-1 victory.  All three doubles teams dropped a combined nine games cruising to an 8-2 win at No. 1, an 8-3 win at No. 2, and an 8-4 win at No. 3.

But Whittier didn't stop there as junior Julian Seneviratne dealt No. 1 singles player Siebs his second loss in his last four matches cruising to the 6-2, 6-1 win improving his record to 11-5 on the season.

This gave Whittier their fourth point on the afternoon and then clinched the match from freshman Matthew Herron at No. 4 singles who used consistency and depth to pull off the 6-4, 6-1 win.

Andrew Hansen fought in his first set at No. 5 but was unable to pull off the come from behind win as he fell 7-5, 7-5 dropping his fourth straight singles match.

Chris Schommer played one of his best matches all season pulling off the first set in a tiebreak winning 7-6(4) finishing the breaker with a big forehand winner giving him momentum going into the second, which he used to grab two breaks and a 6-2 second set victory.

But Whittier continued to battle in a match that was closer than what the score depicted as Whittier had two of their final three matches go the distance.

In one of the last two matches on, freshman Shogo Shimizu grabbed a commanding lead 6-1 after the first but gave the lead back falling in a second set tiebreaker 7-6 (4).  But he wouldn't be denied the win as he fought off a match point coming from behind in the ten point tiebreaker to win 12-10 earning the Poets their seventh point on the day.

At No. 2 singles Patricio Carregha saw six set points come his way in the first but was unable to convert any of them as his opponent Shapiro pulled off the 7-6 (4) win in the first set tiebreaker.  But Carregha fought back and grabbed a late break of serve in the second to win 6-3 that forced a third set tiebreaker which he jumped out in front in to win 10-5.

Whittier returns to the courts tomorrow, Saturday, April 7 as they travel to the California Institute of Technology to take on the Beavers of Caltech beginning at 10am.                 


1)      Seneviratne/Carregha (WC) def. Shapiro/Brown (OXY) – 8-2

2)      Hansen/Schommer (WC) def. Perkins/Choy (OXY) – 8-3

3)      Herron/Shimizu (WC) def. Gilmore/Grossman (OXY) – 8-4


1)      Seneviratne (WC) def. Siebs (OXY) – 6-2, 6-1

2)      Carregha (WC) def. Shapiro (OXY) – 6-7 (6), 6-3, 10-5

3)      Schommer (WC) def. Brown (OXY) – 7-6 (4), 6-2

4)      Herron (WC) def. Perkins (OXY) – 6-4, 6-1

5)      Choy (OXY) def. Hansen (WC) – 7-5, 7-5

6)      Shimizu (WC) def. Gilmore (OXY) – 6-1, 6-7 (4), 12-10