Poets take out Hardin-Simmons 7-2

Poets take out Hardin-Simmons 7-2

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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College Men's Tennis team took out Hardin-Simmons Tuesday winning 7-2 at the Richard Ettinger Tennis Courts.

The Purple & Gold jump-started the match sweeping doubles that put the Cowboys in an early hole.

Playing without No. 1 Andrew You (Arcadia, Calif.) who was out due to suspension, Head Coach Quinn Caldaron was forced to move his lineup around and it still proved tough for Hardin-Simmons.

Chris Palacio (El Centro, Calif.) and Troy Chavez (Temecula, Calif.) teamed up at No. 1 in a first time pairing and took out their opponents Hunt and Eurek 8-4 and was followed by Elmer Van Butselaar (Veenendaal, Netherlands) and Hunter Kettering (Pleasanton, Calif.) at No. 2 who dismantled Livingston and Weinkam 8-1 giving Whittier their second point.

The final tally came at No. 3 from the freshman giants and two brothers Thomas Koszowski (Denver, CO) and Maxwell Koszowski (Denver, CO) who picked up the clean sweep winning 8-6 over Farmakis and Davis.

In singles it got worse for the Cowboys who attempted a comeback winning at No. 1 and No. 5 but couldn't claim the two three-setters at No. 2 and No. 6 that gave WC the lopsided victory.

Due to You being out of the lineup, everyone moved up a spot.  Palacios went 2-0 on the day taking his match 6-3, 6-0 giving Whittier their fourth point, while Kettering clinched it with a 6-1, 6-4 victory at No. 3 over Boyd. 

The other two wins came in three-setters with freshman Zachary Ambrosio (Moreno Valley, Calif.) getting his first collegiate win at No. 6 edging Eurek 6-3, 4-6, 10-7, while Van Butselaar would pull off another tiring match over Weinkam coming from behind 6-7 (4), 6-2, 6-1.