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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College Men's Tennis team returned to action Sunday taking on No. 16 Mary Washington and despite battling in doubles was unable to pick up a point against the Eagles as they fell 9-0 at the Richard Ettinger Tennis Courts.
The Purple & Gold battled at all three doubles positions but were unable to pull off a point to jumpstart the match. All three teams fell by the score of 8-6, which included Thomas Koszowski (Denver, CO) and Elmer Van Butselaar (Veenendaal, Netherlands) at No. 1, Chris Palacio (El Centro, Calif.) and Maxwell Koszowski (Denver, CO) at No. 2 and Agustin Lombardi (Argentina) and Hunter Kettering (Pleasanton, Calif.) at No. 3.
In singles, Whittier attempted a comeback but were unable to make up any ground. Van Butselaar was moved up into the No. 2 slot in singles and put up the match of the day coming back from a set down to force a third set breaker only to fall 1-6, 7-6 (1), 1-10 to Patrick Hughes.
Freshman Tony Zhao (Toronto, Canada) in just his second collegiate singles match proved a tough match-up for Joe Brown at No. 5 dropping serve once in each set to fall 6-4, 6-3.
T. Koszowski once again played in the top spot for the Poets against Matt Miles and he too put up a test but was broken once in each set falling 6-3, 6-3.
Whittier remains at home tomorrow, Tuesday, March 6 when they host Hope International beginning at 5:00pm.