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WHITTIER, Calif. – No. 21 Whittier College was edged by No. 15 Whitman College this past week 6-3 dropping the Poets to 6-5 on the season.
The Poets were looking for an upset this week as they took two out of three doubles matches to put Whitman in the hole heading into singles. No. 23 David Konstantinov and Chris Schommer got things started at No. 1 winning 8-3 over Andrew La Cava and Colton Malesovas.
Troy Chavez and Samuel Farmer followed suit earning a late break to edge Jake Hoeger and Andy Riggs at No. 2 winning 8-6 before freshman duo Mark Anthony Kenney and Tyler Linscott dropped a quick 8-2 decision to Steven Roston and James Rivers at No. 3.
Only needing three wins in singles to clinch the upset victory the Poets came up short as Whitman took five of six singles matches to come from behind to win 6-3.
No. 11 Konstantinov made quick work of Malesovas winning 6-0, 6-3 in about an hour but that would be the lone win by the Purple & Gold in singles. Whittier had two opportunities at No. 3 and No. 5 singles. Farmer won his first set 6-4 over Roston but he came back to win 6-3, 6-4. Then Kenney followed suit winning 7-6 in a breaker before falling 6-4, 10-8 to Hoeger.