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VENTURA, Calif. – A trio of Poets represented the Whittier College Men's Tennis team at the Ojai Championships over the weekend, which included Matt Yanuck (Studio City, Calif.), Pim Van Der Veer (Amsterdam, Netherlands), and Thomas Koszowski (Denver, CO).
Yanuck and Van Der Veer teamed up together in the Division III West Doubles bracket pulling off the biggest upset of the tournament. They had a tough task with the No. 3 seed from Caltech comprised of Varun Shanker and James Wei in the Round of 16. The Beaver duo came in ranked No. 4 in Division III and No. 4 in the Division III West Region. But Yanuck and Van Der Veer were able to create fireworks knocking out the powerhouse 8-7.
But sadly, they couldn't keep the momentum going into Day 2 as they fell 8-2 in a lopsided match-up with the top team from Occidental (Lucas Chmielewski and Cameron Coe).
In singles Whittier had all three players take part in the main Division III West Draw. Koszowski started things off against David Zhang (Caltech). He fell in an opening breaker 7-6 (7) and despite leveling the match with a 6-3 win in the second couldn't keep it going as he fell 6-1 in the deciding frame.
Yanuck got his first action against Nathan Saragoza (Linfield) and he fell unfortunate against the top Wildcat getting broken in each set 7-5, 6-4.
Van Der Veer had the most success getting out of the first round taking on Pacific's Michael Campbell. He was able to roll 6-4, 6-1 before having to take on the No. 8 seed in Yahn Gawrit (Cal Lutheran) in the Round of 16 where he lost 6-4, 6-2.
In the backdraw Koszowski had a favorable match-up with Yaroslav Yanin (UC Santa Cruz) earning a break in each set to pull off the solid 6-3, 6-3 win. He then faced off against Brad Cummins (Redlands) and battled to another three-setter winning the opening set 6-2 before falling 7-6, 10-6.
Yanuck took on the No. 7 seed Joshua Gearou (Pomona-Pitzer) and was rolling in the opening set 5-0 before Gearou pulled out due to injury. He then had to take on Adrien Rooney (Chapman) and he wasn't able to get past the eventual backdraw champion falling 6-3, 6-2.
Whittier finished the year off 7-12, 2-5 SCIAC. They started the year off with a solid upset win over No. 31 UC Santa Cruz and then pulled off wins against Hardin-Simmons, Trinity (CT), Puget Sound, Linfield, Chapman, and Occidental.