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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College men's tennis team earned their first win over a Div. III opponent Tuesday afternoon as they knocked off No. 25 Swarthmore by a score of 7-2.
The Poets now move back to .500 on the season, while at the same time snapping their three match losing streak.
In a match-up between two nationally ranked opponents in Div. III separated by just two spots, Swarthmore at No. 25 and Whittier College at No. 27, the Purple & Gold got the upper hand Tuesday afternoon as they swept doubles winning 8-3, 8-3, 8-5, each respectively before taking four of six singles matches to earn their second upset of the year.
Highlight in doubles included senior Julian Seneviratne and freshman David Konstantinov who at No. 1 still remain unbeaten in doubles play this season with an overall record of 6-0 proving why they are No. 12 team in the country in Div. III.
Leading 3-0 after doubles, the Poets saw Swarthmore start off strong in singles taking the first set at No. 3 and No. 5. Konstantinov and Shogo Shimizu saw their opponents push their opening sets to tiebreakers but that's as close as they would get as Whittier would win in straight sets at both spots. Chris Schommer got down early in the first set 3-0 at No. 3 but fought back to take a one game lead 5-4 with an opportunity to serve out the first set but he was broken in the ensuing game and saw Preston Poon win three in a row to win the first set 7-5 before taking the second 6-2.
Samuel Farmer played one of his tougher matches of the season against Mubeen at No. 5. Farmer trailed 5-2 in the opening set and pulled within a game at 5-4 before Mubeen would serve out the first set. Farmer fought back though in the second to win 6-3 forcing a third set super tiebreaker. Famer got an early two break lead in the breaker and held a mini break late but was unable to hold it despite pounding away on his forehand allowing Mubeen to come away with the second point for the Garnets.
"We played far from our best tennis, but we had great poise and emotional control which kept this from being closer," said Coach Bojalad.
Whittier rounds out their four game home stand this Thursday, March 14 at 3:00pm when they host Haverford before leaving Friday for their annual Spring Break trip to Honolulu, Hawaii over the weekend.
1: Seneviratne/Konstantinov (WC) def. Collard/Kaye (SC) – 8-3
2: Hansen/Schommer (WC) def. Carcione/Sacks (SC) – 8-3
3: Shimizu/Herron (WC) def. Mubeen/Lennon (SC) – 8-5
1: Seneviratne (WC) def. Collard (SC) – 6-4, 6-3
2: Konstantinov (WC) def. Sacks (SC) – 7-6 (4), 6-1
3: Poon (SC) def. Schommer (WC) – 7-5, 6-2
4: Herron (WC) def. Stone (SC) – 6-2, 6-1
5: Mubeen (SC) def. Farmer (WC) – 6-4, 3-6, 10-7
6: Shimizu (WC) def. Lennon (SC) – 7-6 (5), 6-3