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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College men's tennis team extended their winning streak to three matches following convincing wins over Salisbury (7-2), Southwestern (7-2), and St. Lawrence (9-0).
They have now won four of their last six and move to 4-6, 0-1 SCIAC on the season.
Match 1 (Salisbury; 7-2)
Doubles again proved to be crucial for the Purple & Gold as they went up 2-1 early. Troy Chavez (Temecula, Calif.) and Tyler Linscott (Tuscon, AZ) made quick work of Grant Hudson and Kelson Weber 8-1 at No. 2 and was followed by Sean Jardinico (Happy Valley, NY) and David Stanko (Morena Valley, Calif.) who used two breaks to edge Michael Popielski and Andrew Rainger 8-4 at No. 3.
The lone win for the Seagulls came at No. 1 from Eric Spangler and Shanon Gunther who grabbed a late break over Andrew You (Arcadia, Calif.) and Samuel Farmer (Carlsbad, Calif.) 8-5 to give SU a point.
But in singles the Poets continued to roll winning five of six singles matches with the lone loss coming at No. 1 with Spangler needing a lone break in each set to edge Farmer 6-3, 6-3.
Stanko dismissed Weber 6-1, 6-1 at No. 4 and was followed by Linscott at No. 5 with a 6-0, 6-3 decision over Popielski. Jardinico ran into a tough test in the first set with Hudson at No. 3 but would roll 6-0 uin the second. You took on Gunther in the No. 2 slot and earned the 6-2, 6-3 win and Chavez rounded out the scoring at No. 6 winning 6-3, 6-2 over Rainger.
Match 2 (Southwestern; 7-2)
Whittier won their second in a row with another 7-2 decision this time over Southwestern (TX). Nick Farmen and Rod Khansari put the Poets in an early hole winning 8-2 at No. 3 over Jardinico and Stanko. But the Purple & Gold would rebound with Chavez and Linscott rolling to an 8-3 win at No. 2, while You and Farmer held on in a breaker 9-8 (5) at No. 1 over Niko Snovely and Grant Gideon.
In singles, Whittier again took five of six. You made quick work of Farmen shutting him out 6-0, 6-0 at No. 2. Chavez took out Khansari at No. 6 6-0, 6-2 and Farmer would clinch the victory at No. 3 earning a break in each set over Snovely 6-3, 6-4.
The battles came at No. 3, No. 4, and No. 5 singles. Jardinico after dropping a 6-4 first set against Gideon at No. 3 would storm back to take the second 6-3, before putting away his opponent 6-1 in the third.
Stanko saw the same finish going three sets at No. 4 against Haluki Nakayama. He like Jardinico dropped the first set 6-3 but would storm back taking the second 7-6 (2), before holding on 11-9 in a third set super tiebreaker.
Linscott though fell unlucky at No. 5. After taking the first set 6-2 quickly he just couldn't put away Alonso Fernandez who rallied winning the second set 7-5 and then the third 13-11.
Match 3 (St. Lawrence; 9-0)
In the Poets third match in four days, they would battle the aches and soreness to prevail over St. Lawrence for their first clean sweep of the season.
A clean sweep in doubles would put the Poets up 3-0 and they didn't look back taking all six singles in straight sets with No. 3, No. 4, No. 5, and No. 6 dropping a combined five games.
Jardinico and Stanko cruised to the 8-1 victory at No. 3 doubles, while You and Farmer and Chavez and Linscott would get two breaks at No. 1 and No. 2 each winning 8-4.
Chavez led the Poets in singles cruising 6-0, 6-0 at No. 6. Linscott took out Kevin Frommer at No. 5 6-1, 6-0, and Jardinico and Stanko would each win 6-2, 6-0 at No. 3, and No. 4.
Farmer had the tough test at No. 1 against Dean Sponholz needing just one break in each set to win 6-3, 6-4, while You rolled past Rhonny Rosario 6-1, 6-3 at No. 2.
Whittier returns to their conference schedule this Friday, March 25 as they host the University of Redlands beginning at 3:00pm.