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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College men's tennis team concluded the 2012 season with a winning record of 13-10 to go with a SCIAC record of 3-5 and look to improve upon that record by adding seven new opponents that will strengthen their 2013 non-conference season.
During the 2012 campaign, the men's tennis team reached a national ranking as high as No. 16 and got as high as No. 8 in the West Region and in the pre-season polls for 2013, Whittier is ranked No. 26 nationally and No. 8 in the West Region.
Eighth year head coach, David Bojalad released the men's tennis schedule today and the Poets open their 2012 season with ten non-conference opponents beginning with Hope International on February 15. The Poets will then make their second trip to San Diego in as many years and will face NAIA and Div. II powerhouses Point Loma Nazarene and UC San Diego before returning to the Richard Ettinger Tennis Courts for a four match home stand against Div. I Villanova (March 7), Case Western Reserve (March 9), Swarthmore (March 12), and Haverford (March 14).
Whittier will then travel on Spring Break to Honolulu, HI from March 16-18 where they will take on nationally ranked opponents Washington (Mo.) and Whitman, while also taking on Hawaii Hilo.
Returning from break, Whittier will open up Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) play with a home match-up against Pomona-Pitzer on March 22 before hosting Middlebury and DePauw to wrap up their non-conference schedule.
Beginning March 29 and finishing April 19, the Purple & Gold will host SCIAC opponents Caltech (March 30) and Claremont-M-S (April 13) and will have four road contests including Redlands (March 29), Chapman (April 5), Cal Lutheran (April 6), and Occidental (April 19).
Whittier will make their annual trip to Ventura, Calif. ON April 26-27 where they will take part in the Ojai Tennis Championships, which is the longest standing tournament nationally before hosting the SCIAC Championships on May 3-4.
The Poet's men's tennis team is looking forward to a strong 2013 season thanks to a strong incoming freshman class, which includes David Konstantinov, Samuel Farmer, and Bo Brynteson. These three will join 1st Team All-SCIAC performer Julian Seneviratne, and 2nd Team All-SCIAC selection Chris Schommer.
Coming into the season, Seneviratne and Konstantinov come in ranked in doubles, No. 12 nationally and No. 4 in the West Region, while Seneviratne earns a spot in singles in the West Region at No. 24.