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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College men's tennis team took two matches this past weekend beating Chapman University 6-3 before cruising to the 8-1 victory over Caltech to improve to 9-8, 3-2 SCIAC.
Match 1 (Chapman – W, 6-3)
Whittier used a strong doubles performance to go in front 3-0. Troy Chavez and Samuel Farmer got things started with an 8-1 win at No. 2 and was followed by Mark Anthony Kenney and Tyler Linscott who won 8-2 at No. 3. At No. 1, David Konstantinov and Chris Schommer put on the finishing touches on the first segment edging Troy Akin and Brett Buford 8-5 despite trailing early in the set.
The Panthers made a valiant comeback in singles however taking three of the six singles spots. After a 50 minute match for Konstantinov at No. 1 winning 6-0, 6-2 over Justin Thompson, Schommer finished at No. 2 winning 6-3, 6-3 over Charlie Werman clinching the victory for the Purple & Gold. Leading 5-0, Linscott added the sixth point for Whittier winning 6-3, 6-4 at No. 6 against Hunter Morris but that would be the last point won by Whittier as Chapman would take the next three matches at No. 3, No. 4, and No. 5 capped off with a three set victory for Akin over Chavez 7-5, 6-7, 11-9.
Match 2 (Caltech – W, 8-1)
Saturday, Whittier cruised to the lopsided 8-1 victory over Caltech earning their third win in their last four matches. Schommer and Konstantinov the No. 2 ranked team in the Region and the No. 22 team in the country started the scoring off with an 8-1 victory over Sathwick Pathireddy and Ruthwick Pathireddy. Kenney and Linscott followed with an 8-5 decision at No. 3 before Chavez and Farmer held on for an 8-6 win at No. 2 over Joshi Devashish and Luka Mernik.
Leading 3-0, Whittier continued with a strong singles performance taking five of six singles spots despite two of them going three sets and Farmer dropping a straight sets match to R. Pathireddy 6-2, 6-4 at No. 3.
Konstantinov made quick work over Joshi 6-3, 6-2 at No. 1 and Schommer followed suit winning 6-1, 6-1 over S. Pathireddy that clinched the match before Linscott cruised to the 6-2, 6-0 victory over Mernik at No. 6. Shogo Shimizu who has been hampered with an ankle injury got back into the singles lineup at No. 4 and after winning a convincing first set 6-2, he fell 4-6 in the second before pulling out the third set super tiebreaker 10-4.
Kenney found himself in the same situation at No. 5, winning the first set 6-2 before dropping the second 6-3 but pulling out the third set breaker 10-6.
Whittier returns to the courts this weekend as they host Redlands this Friday, April 11 at 2:00pm before traveling to take on Pomona-Pitzer on Saturday, April 12 at 2:00pm.