Poets have match points but can’t upset No. 12 UC Santa Cruz

Poets have match points but can’t upset No. 12 UC Santa Cruz

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SANTA CRUZ, Calif. – The Whittier College men's tennis team had match points against No. 12 UC Santa Cruz and had an opportunity to go up 3-0 after doubles but were unable to complete the upset falling 5-4 on the road.

Sophomore David Konstantinov and senior Chris Schommer, the No. 11 ranked doubles team in the country got things started cruising to the 8-2 victory over Chris Goetz and Elias Scandalis.  The No. 2 duo of Samuel Farmer and Troy Chavez got up quickly leading 5-2 over Garrett Deguchi and Max Littlejohn who were coming in ranked No. 8 Nationally but were unable to hold a late break and a four match points as they fell in a breaker 9-8 (9).

Shogo Shimizu and Mark Anthony Kenny also held an early lead at No. 3 doubles but squandered the break falling 8-6 giving the Banana Slugs a 2-1 advantage heading into singles.

Konstantinov continued his winning ways sweeping Scandalis at No. 1 winning 6-2, 6-1 to even the match.  Littlejohn made quick work of Schommer 6-4, 6-0 before Farmer pulled the Purple & Gold even beating Deguchi 6-3, 6-3 at No. 3.

Freshman Tyler Linscott at No. 6 battled nerves in his first collegiate match but was unable to come out on top falling 6-3, 6-4 to Soper giving UCSC a 4-3 lead.  Freshman Chavez who has been rock solid at No. 5 all season long once again came up big beating Goetz 7-5, 6-4 in a battle that pulled the match even.

In the final match, Shimizu found himself matched up against Richter at No. 4.  He dropped the first set 6-4 only to come back to even the match at a set piece with a 6-3 victory in the second set.  But in the deciding frame, Richter grabbed an early break and never looked back winning 6-2 clinching the win for the Banana Slugs.        

Whittier returns to the court this afternoon, Wednesday, March 5 when they host Division 1 Villanova at 2:30pm.