Poets split in lopsided matches against No. 3 Claremont-M-S and Hope Intl.

Poets split in lopsided matches against No. 3 Claremont-M-S and Hope Intl.

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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College men's tennis team split Saturday in two lopsided matches falling 9-0 to No. 3 Claremont-M-S before coming back with a 9-0 victory over Hope International.

Whittier is now back to .500 at 7-7 with a big match against No. 20 Cal Lutheran University set to take place this Saturday, March 29 at 10:00am.

Match 1 (No. 3 Claremont-M-S; L, 9-0)

Whittier knew they would be in for a tough task against No. 3 CMS on the road.  Whittier was swept in doubles 8-4, 8-5, 8-3 giving them a big hole to come out of heading into singles competition.  No. 11 David Konstantinov dropped his second straight match falling 6-1, 6-2 to Warren Wood.

Chris Schommer was the bright spot for the Purple & Gold at No. 2 taking Newcomer of the Year from a year ago No. 27 Joe Dorn to three sets.  Schommer took the first set easily 6-1 before Dorn came back to take the next two 6-2, 6-2 to keep the clean sweep alive for the Stags.

Samuel Farmer also put together a tough match against No. 46 Daniel Morkovine at No. 3 coming back after dropping the first set 6-2 to be broken once in the second falling 7-5.

Match 2 (Hope International; W, 9-0)   

Whittier returned back to the Richard Ettinger Tennis Courts for an afternoon match against Hope International and after sweeping doubles, the Poets continued to play great tennis sweeping all six singles spots capped off with a three set victory by senior Charlie Wyatt at No. 6.

Full recap to follow