Poets drop tough 6-1 decision to No. 14 UC San Diego

Poets drop tough 6-1 decision to No. 14 UC San Diego

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SAN DIEGO, Calif. – The Whittier College men's tennis faced their first road opponent this past Friday as they fell 6-1 to the Tritons of UC San Diego who came in ranked No. 14 Nationally in Div. II. 

After the long drive down to San Diego the Poets hopped onto the court with very little warm-up time but still managed to push the Tritons in all three doubles matches. 

Following a quick 8-1 loss at No. 3 doubles, freshman Troy Chavez and sophomore Samuel Farmer put together a strong showing at No. 2 being broken late en route to an 8-5 loss to Alexandre Miaule and Horea Porutiu. 

At No. 1, David Konstantinov and Chris Schommer fell behind early 4-1 but managed to scrap their way back to force a tiebreaker ultimately falling 9-8. 

In singles the Tritons mixed up a couple of spots in their lineup with Schommer and Shogo Shimizu not being able to finish at No. 2 and No. 4, but the bright spot on the day was Konstantinov who took out Max Jiganti in straight sets 6-1, 6-4 who was ranked No. 8 in the West Region in Div. II. 

Farmer also put together a respectable match at No. 3 but was unable to pull it out after taking the first set in a breaker, dropping a 6-7, 7-5, 10-5 decision to Miaule. 

Whittier hits the road this weekend as they travel to Santa Cruz to take on No. 10 UC Santa Cruz Saturday, March 1 (9:00am) and Div. II Sonoma State Sunday, March 2 (11:00am).