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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College men's tennis team provided a scare Wednesday for No. 14 UT Texas-Tyler pushing them to the edge only to fall 5-4 dropping to 3-3 on the young season.
Whittier mounted a comeback in singles and had an opportunity for the upset at No. 6 from freshman Tyler Linscott who was leading 3-1 in a second set tiebreaker but after a severely rolled ankle, he lost the break and the set 7-6 (5) allowing the Patriots to escape with the narrow victory.
In doubles, the Poets dropped tough matches at No. 2 and No. 3, 8-6, and 8-4, respectively. At No. 1, David Konstantinov and Chris Schommer ran into a test with Harry Kelleher and Chris Wootton but managed to come away with the late break winning 9-7 cutting the deficit to one.
In singles, Konstantinov got off the court quickly remaining undefeated on the season winning 6-1, 6-3 over Ramon Martinez. Schommer followed suit at No. 2 winning 7-5, 6-4 grabbing one break in each set over Daniel Budd evening the match up at three.
Out of the final three matches, the poets needed two to clinch the upset. Shogo Shimizu at No. 4 put the Purple & Gold in front 4-3 after pulling out a straight sets decision 6-2, 7-5 over Justin Randell but in the end the two freshmen at No. 5 and No. 6 Troy Chavez and Linscott could not battle the nerves dropping 6-1, 7-5 and 6-1, 7-6 (5), respectively.