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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College men's tennis team after knocking off No. 22 Pomona-Pitzer Friday afternoon 8-1 was unable to upset their second straight nationally ranked opponent as they came up short 6-3 to Middlebury College.
The duo opened up the match with an 8-6 win at No. 1 doubles to get the Poets on the scoreboard but Middlebury was able to come away with victories at No. 2 and No. 3 to take a 2-1 advantage into singles.
Seneviratne continued his impressive play at No. 1 singles earning his third win on the season against a nationally ranked opponent beating Alex Johnston 7-5, 7-5.
Konstantinov followed that performance up with a straight sets win over Bratner Jones 7-5, 7-5 at No. 2 earning his seventh straight victory all coming in straight sets. At the conclusion of Konstantinov's match the Poets had an opportunity to win the match with both No. 4 and No. 5 singles going to third sets. But Middlebury was able to clinch the victory at No. 5 to pull out the victory before winning at No. 4.
Due to an injury to sophomore Shogo Shimizu who was forced out of both doubles and singles freshman Bo Brynteson moved into doubles at No. 3 with Matthew Herron, while Frank Sun took on duties at No 6 singles.
Poets return to action Monday, March 25 when they take on DePauw with doubles set to begin at 2:00pm.
1. J. Seneviratne/D. Konstantinov (WC) def. A. Johnston/S. Lunghino (MC) 8-6
2. B. Jones/P. Campbell (MC) def. C. Schommer/A. Hansen (WC) 8-5
3. T. Fitzgibbons/A. Lebowitz (MC) def. M. Herron/B. Brynteson (WC) 8-6
1. Julian Seneviratne (WC) def. Alex Johnston (MC) 7-5, 7-5
2. David Konstantinov (WC) def. Bratner Jones (MC) 7-5, 7-5
3. Palmer Campbell (MC) def. Chris Schommer (WC) 6-3, 6-1
4. Spencer Lunghino (MC) def. Matt Herron (WC) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
5. Teddy Fitzgibbons (MC) def. Sam Farmer (WC) 5-7, 6-1, 6-2
6. Zach Bruchmiller (MC) def. Frank Sun (WC) 6-3, 6-3