No. 22 Poets scare No. 4 Kingsmen falling 5-4

No. 22 Poets scare No. 4 Kingsmen falling 5-4

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THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – The Whittier College men's tennis team a day after learning of the death of fellow classmate Alyssa Sialaris an All-American in both volleyball and track & field, gave No. 4 Cal Lutheran a scare Saturday morning at the Poulson Center falling 5-4.

Whittier who came in poised for the upset saw themselves down 2-1 after doubles but was unable to pull out four of six singles matches being edged by the Kingsmen 5-4 in a showdown between Nationally Ranked programs. 

Nicholas Ballou and Ray Worley who came in as the No. 1 doubles team in the West Region took on Julian Seneviratne and David Konstantinov who were the No. 12 Ranked doubles team in the country and No. 6 in the West Region.  The No. 1 duo for Whittier couldn't mount a late comeback falling 8-5.  At No. 2, Andrew Hansen and Chris Schommer put together yet another strong doubles display winning 8-6 over Alex Nichols and Connor Treacy giving them their third defeat on the season.

It looked like Whittier would take the advantage 2-1 after doubles with the No. 3 team of Shogo Shimizu and Matt Herron leading 2-1 and then 6-3 but CLU's Thomas Millet and Marcelo Sousa rallied back to force a breaker and win 9-8 (6).

In singles the Poets fought but were only able to take No. 3, No. 4, and No. 5 singles.  Seneviratne ran into Ballou at No. 1 ranked No. 1 in the West Region but was unable to get any momentum falling 6-1, 6-2.  At No. 2, freshman Konstantinov ran into Worley who was ranked No. 7 in the West Region and No. 25 in the country.  Konstantinov who was coming off of an ankle injury was forced to retire trailing 6-1, 3-0 stopping his winning streak at nine matches. 

Herron then sparked the Poets in singles staying undefeated at No. 4 defeating Treacy 6-4, 6-0 before Samuel Farmer got into the mix winning in straight sets over Millet 6-4, 6-2.  Still trailing 4-3, Whittier evened the match at four after Schommer came away with his biggest win of the season taking out No. 18 Nichols 6-3, 6-3. 

But at No. 6, Shimizu who dropped the first set 6-1, was unable to bounce back to even the match getting broken late in the second allowing Devon Belcher to grab the 6-1, 6-3 victory and the deciding point. 

Whittier has the entire week to rest up/prepare before they host No. 1 Claremont-M-S on Saturday, April 13 at 10:00am.              


1. Nicholas Ballou/Ray Worley (CLU) def. Julian Seneviratne/David Konstantinov (WC) 8-5

2. Chris Schommer/Andrew Hansen (WC) def. Alex Nichols/Connor Treacy (CLU) 8-6

3. Thomas Millet/Marcelo Sousa (CLU) def. Shogo Shimizu/Matthew Herron (WC) 9-8

1. Nicholas Ballou (CLU) def. Julian Seneviratne (WC) 6-1, 6-2

2. Ray Worley (CLU) def. David Konstantinov (WC) 6-1, 3-0

3. Chris Schommer (WC) def. Alex Nichols (CLU) 6-3, 6-3

4. Matthew Herron (WC) def. Connor Treacy (CLU) 6-4, 6-0

5. Samuel Farmer (WC) def. Thomas Millet (CLU) 6-4, 6-2

6. Devon Belcher (CLU) def. Shogo Shimizu (WC) 6-1, 6-3