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PASADENA, Calif. – The Whittier College men's tennis team won their second straight match and their second straight SCIAC contest with the help of their bench cruising to the 9-0 victory over the Beavers of the California Institute of Technology.
Whittier now improves to 11-7, 2-2 SCIAC and look forward to a much needed week of rest before taking on No. 6 Cal Lutheran and No. 14 Redlands on Friday, April 13 and Saturday, April 14.
Due to many Poet players being injured and having weary legs late in the season Head Coach David Bojalad used his entire roster to give them some rest and to his liking his alternates held their own giving up a combined eight games in four separate matches.
Whittier jumped out in front after doubles as Julian Seneviratne and Patricio Carregha cruised to the 8-3 win at No. 1, while Chris Schommer and Andrew Hansen pulled off the 8-2 win at No. 2. At No. 3 a day after playing a tough doubles match at No. 4 in which they prevailed 8-5, seniors Jonathan Pollare and Taylor Dimler again played great tennis holding their opponents scoreless winning 8-0.
Into singles play Whittier continued their success as Schommer moved up to No. 1, while freshman Matthew Heron and Shogo Shimizu moved up to No. 2 and No. 3 singles each respectively. Then at No. 4 singles Pollare subbed in, while Dimler and David De Leon took over at No. 5 and No. 6 singles.
In the bottom three spots all three alternates gave up a combined eight games led by Dimler at No. 5 who cruised to a 6-0, 6-0 win helping Whittier clinch the 9-0 victory.
The match of the day though belonged to sophomore Schommer and Caltech's D. Joshi who exchanged heavy groundstrokes throughout the match. Schommer came out of the gate quickly to take the first set 6-0, but Joshi stormed back to take the second 6-2. But Schommer didn't get frustrated and used big first serves and heavy second serve kicks to dominate the third set super-tiebreaker 10-3.
1. J. Senevirante/P. Carregha def. D. Joshi/L. Mernik (CIT) 8-3
2. C. Schommer/A. Hansen (WC) def. A. Runkel/A. Agarwal (CIT) 8-2
3. T. Dimler/J.Pollare (WC) def. F. Zao/Kamat (CIT) 8-0
1. Chris Schommer (WC) def. F. Joshi (CIT) 6-0, 2-6, (10-3)
2. Matt Herrron (WC) def. L. Mernik (CIT) 6-0, 6-2
3. Shogo Shimizu (WC) def. A. Agarwall (CIT) 6-1, 6-0
4. Jonathan Pollare (WC) def. J. Shen (CIT) 6-1, 6-2
5. Taylor Dimler (WC) def. F. Shao (CIT) 6-0, 6-0
6. David DeLeon (WC) def. J. Chen (CIT) 7-5, 6-0