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HONOLULU, HI. – The Whittier College men's tennis team wrapped up their Spring Break trip Monday afternoon earning a split against Div. II Hawaii Hilo and No. 13 Whitman.
The Hawaii Hilo match which was scheduled to be played on Sunday was postponed due to inclement weather with the Poets leading 3-0 after doubles. The match was concluded following the Whittier match against Whitman that took place on Monday morning.
At the conclusion of the day the Poets earned a split to wrap up their Spring Break trip beating Hawaii Hilo 9-0 after falling 6-3 to No. 13 Whitman.
Match #1 (Hawaii Hilo – W, 9-0)
From start to finish it was all Whittier despite having the match postponed a day. That did not affect the Poets as they swept all three doubles and all six singles positions all in straight sets. Julian Seneviratne and David Konstantinov continued their winning streak earning their ninth doubles victory of the season after cruising to the 8-3 win at No. 1.
In singles play, the Poets continued where they left off after doubles surrendering a mere seven games total at No. 4, No. 5 and No. 6. Seneviratne at No. 1 was pushed in the second set after going to a tiebreaker but cracked down surrendering just a point in the breaker to win 6-2, 7-6 (1).
1. Seneviratne/Konstantinov (WC) def. Rosa/Greer-Smith (UH) 8-3
2. Hansen/Schommer (WC) def. Travalino/Davis (UH) 8-6
3. Herron/Brynteson (WC) def. Rosa/Yamamoto (UH) 8-0
1. Julian Seneviratne (WC) def. Tom Greer-Smith (UH) 6-2, 7-6(1)
2. David Konstantinov (WC) def. Kainou Rosa (UH) 6-3, 6-3
3. Chris Schommer (WC) def. Spencer Travalino (UH) 7-5, 6-4
4. Matt Herron (WC) def. Michael Davis (UH) 6-0, 6-1
5. Sam Farmer (WC) def. Makoa Rosa (UH) 6-1, 6-1
6. Shogo Shimizu (WC) def. Caden Yamamoto 6-2, 6-2
Match #2 (No. 13 Whitman – L, 6-3)
In the first match of the day on Monday the Poets found themselves matched up against No. 13 Whitman who beat the Poets last season 7-2. Whittier was looking to avenge their loss from a year ago and got things started taking two of three doubles. The No. 2 team of Chris Schommer and Andrew Hansen put together their best doubles of the season pulling out a tough 8-6 win, while Hansen recaptured some of the form that made him one of the best doubles players on the team last season.
At No. 1, Seneviratne and Konstantinov fell for their first loss of the season losing 8-3 to La Cava and Malesouas now dropping their record to 9-1 on the season. La Cava was part of a doubles team that was ranked No. 2 in the nation but was teamed up with Malesouas on the afternoon.
In singles, freshman Konstantinov continues to impress earning his fifth straight singles victory at No. 2 and the lone point for the Purple & Gold in singles action. He edged out Andrew La Cava 6-4, 6-4 improving to 7-3 on the season.
Seneviratne who has come into the season unranked as a singles player proved why he needs to have a look after he took the No. 10 ranked singles player in the country to three sets in Colton Malesouas. After taking the first set 6-2, Seneviratne saw Malesouas come from behind to win 6-2, 6-2 to clinch the victory.
1. La Cava/Malesouas (WHIT) def. Seneviratne/Konstantinov (WC) 8-3
2. Schommer/Hansen (WC) def. Riggs/Tesmond (WHIT) 8-6
3. M. Herron/S. Shimizu (WC) def. S. Roston/S. Sadeghi (Whit) 8-3
1. Colton Malesouas (WHIT) def. Julian Seneviratne (WC) 2-6, 6-2, 6-2
2. David Konstantinov (WC) def. Andrew La Cava (WHIT) 6-4, 6-4
3. Sam Sadeghi (WHIT) def. Chris Schommer (WC) 6-4, 6-2
4. Andy Riggs (WHIT) def. Matt Herron (WC) 7-6(4), 6-3
5. Steven Roston (WHIT) def. Sam Farmer (WC) 7-6(4), 7-6(5)
6. Will Hoskey (WHIT) def. Shogo Shimizu (WC) 6-4, 6-2
The Poets return from their Spring Break trip today and begin preparing for their SCIAC opener with the Sagehens of Pomona-Pitzer this Friday, March 22 beginning at 2:00pm on the Richard Ettinger Tennis Courts.