LOS ANGELES, Calif. - In the wake of a fifth place finish at the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championships, the Whittier men's tennis landed three athletes on the all-conference team as announced by the SCIAC earlier today.
Junior Julian Seneviratne, senior Patricio Carregha, and sophomore Chris Schommer earned first-team and second-team honors each, respectively, as they led the Poets to as high as a No. 17 ranking in the ITA national polls.
Seneviratne posted a 13-7 record and went 2-5 in conference play marking the second straight season he has been selected to the All-SCIAC 1st Team. The Marietta, Ga., native started off the year in impressive fashion playing the top spot for the Poets all season long. He obtained big wins over UC San Diego’s Chapman Chan, Swarthmore’s Zak Kelm, Villanova’s Thomas O’Brien, Texas Tyler’s Ryan Spencer and Gustavus Adolfus’ Donkena.
In the non-conference matches that Seneviratne lost this season they all were three setters and outside of the top players from the Tigers and Beavers, everyone Seneviratne played in conference held a regional ranking of No. 12 or better.
At the No. 2 singles position, Carregha quietly had a solid season where he went 12-7 with a 2-4 record in the conference.
Early in the season Carregha was hampered with an elbow injury but bounced back to play strong tennis pulling out victories over Swarthmore’s Anthony Collard, Villanova’s Matt Colonnese, Amherst Luis Rattenhuber, and Texas Tyler’s Kevin Singer. In SCIAC play he had an opportunity to knock off Claremont-M-S’ Robbie Erani but was unable to pull out the third set super tiebreaker after taking the first set.
The Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, native faced four regionally ranked opponents on the season and out of his 12 wins seven came in straight sets, while four came in three setters.
In addition to their performances at No. 1 and No. 2 singles, respectively, Seneviratne and Carregha went 14-9 as the top doubles duo for the Poets.
Schommer earns 2nd Team All-SCIAC honors for the first time in his collegiate career after bouncing around the top three in the Poet lineup throughout the season primarily playing No. 3. For the season he finished 11-12, 4-3 in SCIAC competition and finished the season off going 7-4 in his last eleven matches.
During the season he played three regionally ranked opponents and finished 1-2 against them and earned big victories over Vassar’s Dan Freeman, Occidental’s Jordan Brown, and Redland’s Mark Bloom who was an All-SCIAC selection last season and who he beat twice the second coming in the SCIAC Championships this past weekend which he won in straight sets 6-3, 6-3 to give Whittier their lone point against Redlands. The first time these two met Schommer was on the winning side of a three set victory.
Another big match of the season came against Pomona-Pitzer’s Max Sabel where he fell in three sets despite taking the first 6-4.
In doubles Schommer and his partner Andrew Hansen posted the best record on the Poet squad at 17-6.
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