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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College men's tennis team split Saturday as they cruised to the 7-2 victory over Vassar College before dropping a lopsided 9-0 match against Vanguard.
Match 1 (Vassar – W, 7-2)
In a Division III match-up, the Poets took on Vassar and used five of six singles matches to notch the lopsided victory. David Konstantinov and Chris Schommer got things started at No. 1 winning 8-2 but saw Troy Chavez and Samuel Farmer drop an 8-4 decision to Nicholas Litsky and Christian Lyon at No. 2 to even the match. At No. 3 freshman duo Mark Anthony Kenney and Tyler Linscott paired up and pulled out a tight 9-7 match with one late break that gave Whittier a 2-1 advantage.
In singles the Poets continued where they left off taking five of six matches led by Konstantinov at No. 1 who won 6-1, 6-0 over Daniel Cooper. Kenney followed suit winning 6-1, 6-1 at No. 6 before Shogo Shimizu clinched the match at No. 4 winning 6-2, 6-0.
Schommer earned the fourth straight singles point for the Purple & Gold winning 6-3, 6-2 at No. 2 before Farmer pulled out a tight three setter at No. 3 over Christian Phelps 3-6, 7-5, 10-8. VC did however get on the board and avoided the clean sweep in singles thanks to a win at No. 5 from Alexander Luckmann who managed to pull out a three set victory over Chavez after dropping the first set 4-6, 6-4, 10-3.
Match 2 (No. 3 Vanguard – L, 9-0)
In a match-up that did not have Division III implications Head Coach Ben Belletto elected to rest a few starters against No. 3 Vanguard University in the NAIA Polls. Charlie Wyatt got his first start in doubles teamed up with Linscott at No. 3. They fell 8-2 prior to Farmer and Kenney dropping an 8-4 decision at No. 2. The big match was at No. 1 where Konstantinov and Schommer pushed Stefan Kilchhofer and Daymon Johnson only to fall 9-7 with one late break.
Leading 3-0 after doubles Vanguard continued with their clean sweep taking all six singles despite a massive shift in the lineup. Schommer moved up to No. 1 and lost 6-0, 6-0 to No. 3 Kilchhofer. Farmer moved up to No. 2 and lost a nail biter pushing No. 6 Roger Muri to three sets 6-4, 3-6, 10-7. Shimizu moved up to No. 3 falling 6-3, 6-3 before Kenney, Linscott, and Aren Wilson fell at No. 4, No. 5, and No. 6 allowing Vanguard to come away with the 9-0 victory.