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VENTURA, Calif. – The Whittier College Men's Tennis team put on a strong showing during the Ojai Championships this past weekend with eight players taking part.
Andrew You (Arcadia, Calif.) led the contingent for the Purple & Gold entering the Championships as the No. 9 seed. He faced a tough match-up with Alexander Brenner (Claremont-M-S) but pulled off the three setter 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 in the Round of 32. But in the Round of 16, Patrick Wildman (Claremont-M-S) got the best of him as he edged You with a break in each set to win 6-4, 7-5 ending his run.
Samuel Farmer (Carlsbad, Calif.) was the only other player seeded in singles as the No. 12. After a bye in the first round faced off against Bryan Mehall (Claremont-M-S) falling 6-1, 6-4 forcing him out of the singles draw.
Tyler Linscott (Tuscon, AZ) also took part in the Division III singles draw facing Taylor Hunt (Redlands) in the Round of 32 but was dismissed 6-2, 6-2.
Sean Jardinico (Pleasant Valley, NY) also played in the Division III Draw but couldn't get out of the first round being taken out by Parker Wilson (Redlands) 6-4, 6-3.
In the men's independent draw for singles Troy Chavez (Temecula, Calif.) faced the No. 5 seed in Jason Proctor (Abilene) falling 6-1, 6-1.
Freshman Emilio Yera (Beverly Hills, Calif.) got a match in with the No. 8 seed Nico Agritelley (Abilene) but also fell unlucky in a 6-1, 6-1 match for the Poets' final applicant in the singles draws.
In the main draw for doubles, Farmer and You paired up as the No. 6 seed and faced Maxwell Macey/Bryan Mehall (Claremont-M-S) but fell in a breaker 9-8 (5) in the Round of 16.
Chavez and Linscott got together and took on Jesper Lunding Johansson/Giordano Valdez (Cal Lutheran) but couldn't get out of the Round of 32 falling 8-3.
Jardinico and Yera were the last team put together for the Purple & Gold but had to face the No. 3 seed in Anthony Sena/Adrien Varenne (Hope International) but couldn't overcome a break in each set falling 6-4, 6-3.
Whittier has one final match on their schedule when they face Caltech this Saturday, April 30 at the Richard Ettinger Tennis Courts beginning at 10:00am. Next Friday-Saturday, May 6-7, they then take part in the SCIAC Championships.