Whittier Edges Oxy on Senior Day 6-3

Whittier Edges Oxy on Senior Day 6-3

WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College Men's Tennis team pulled off a huge 6-3 win Friday afternoon at the Richard Ettinger Tennis Courts against Occidental College. 

Prior to the match Whittier's two seniors were recognized, which included Jehan Godrej (Los Altos, Calif.) and Chris Palacio (El Centro, Calif.).

The Purple & Gold snapped their three-match losing skid improving to 7-11, 2-4 SCIAC.

Whittier jumped out in front following doubles 2-1 with two of the three needing to be decided in breakers.

Pim Van Der Veer (Amsterdam, Netherlands) and Matt Yanuck (Studio City, Calif.) got the first point at No. 2 winning 8-4.  The two seniors Godrej and Palacio were teamed up at No. 3 for their final home match and battled with no breaks occurring until the breaker where they fell 8-7 (4). 

The final point was decided at the top spot from Thomas Koszowski (Denver, CO) and Maxwell Koszowski (Denver, CO) who needed a breaker as well to dismiss Coe and Chmielewski 8-7 (2).  This proved a crucial point heading into singles.

The Tigers battled back in singles earning points at No. 2 and No. 4 to take a 3-2 lead.  Junior Zachary Ambrosio (Moreno Valley, Calif.), who was put at No. 6 collected a huge win over Morrison 6-3, 6-1 tying the match up.

Yanuck then followed at No. 3 and after a tough opening set where he won 7-5, he was able to pull through in the second holding a late break to win 6-4 giving the Poets their fourth point on the day.  The last two matches needed third sets to decide the winner.  Palacio was moved up into the No. 5 slot and he was handed a tough match with Anderson.  He was broken once in the opening frame at 6-4 but leveled the match with a 7-5 win in the second.  In the third, Palacio jumped out in front with a pair of breaks at 3-1 and 4-2 but couldn't hold either.  He led at 4-3 on serve before consolidating a third break before holding on for the 6-3 win clinching the match for Whittier.

The last match on was insurance and it came at the top from Van Der Veer.  He took on Chmielewski and it went the distance.  Van Der Veer was broken once in the opening set at 7-5 but was able to come back to sweep the next two at 6-4, 6-3 that gave WC their final point on the afternoon.

Whittier has a short turn around as they travel to go take on No. 25 Caltech today, Saturday, April 20 beginning at 3:00pm.