Whitman College Men's Tennis

2003-2004 Scores, Highlights


Friday, September 12
Boise Men's Fall Open
Boise, Idaho

Playing in a field dominated by NCAA Div. I players, a young Whitman contingent picked up a few victories Friday as the Boise Men's Fall Open got underway in Boise, Idaho.

In opening-round action, Whitman notched two wins in doubles and one in singles.

In Doubles Flight II, Whitman freshmen Steven Ly and Phalkun Mam took a first-round bye and then scored an 8-2 victory over Ethan Asher of Boise and Mark Fuller of Twin Falls. The Missionary duo will play a quarterfinal match at 3:30 p.m. Saturday against Seth Banks and Hector Mucharraz, a pair of University of Idaho sophomores.

In Doubles Flight I, twin brothers Dane and Davis Miller gave Whitman an 8-5 opening-round triumph over the University of Montana's Varun Giri, a sophomore from New Delhi, India, and Ryan O'Neill, a senior from Ontario, Canada. In round two, however, the Millers lost an 8-6 decision to Boise State's Mahmoud Rezk, a junior from Cairo, Egypt, and Matias Silva, a sophomore from Lima, Peru. The loss dropped the Miller twins into a consolation bracket quarterfinal match set for 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

Whitman's third entry in doubles, junior Brad Changstrom and freshman Robbie Munday, lost their first match in Flight II to the University of Portland's Peter Miskobic, a sophomore from Bratislava, Slovakia, and Scott Kennel, a freshman from Lakewood, Wash. Changstrom and Munday will play a consolation bracket match at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

In Friday's singles action, Munday tallied Whitman's only opening-round victory, scoring an 6-2, 6-2 win in Flight III over Idaho's Mucharraz, a sophomore from Mexico City. In round two, however, Munday fell 7-6, 6-2 to the University of Montana's Gus Tryz, a junior from South Salem, N.Y.

Munday will play a Saturday morning consolation bracket match in Flight III, as will Whitman's Changstrom. In his opening round match Friday, Changstrom lost 6-0, 6-2 to Montana State's Jake Berriochoa, a sophomore from Boise.

In Friday's Flight I singles action, Whitman's Ly made a good showing against sixth-seeded Brad Lum-Tucker, who plays No. 1 singles for the University of Idaho. Lum-Tucker, who earned First-Team All-Big West Conference honors last year, downed Ly 6-4, 6-4.

Ly also lost his first consolation bracket match, falling to Gonzaga University sophomore Bryce Cooper of Yakima. The score was 6-3, 6-4.

David Miller, also drawing a tough opponent in the opening round of Flight I, lost 6-2, 6-3 to the College of Santa Fe's Gerald Bremond, the bracket's third seed. Miller then lost 6-1, 6-4 in the consolation bracket to the University of Portland's James Redpath, a sophomore from Christchurch, New Zealand.

In Flight II singles, Dane Miller opened with a three-set loss -- 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 -- to Weber State's Daniel Abreaboeru, a junior from Bucharest, Romania. Miller also dropped his consolation bracket match, losing to Boise's Jon Bair 3-6, 6-2, 1-0.

Mam, Whitman's other entry in Flight II singles, lost 6-3, 6-4 in the opening round to the bracket's seventh seed, Montana State junior Braden Olson. Mam won his first consolation bracket match, staying alive with a 2-6, 6-1, 1-0 victory over Boise's Chad Vaughn. Mam will play Saturday morning against Weber State's Abreaboeru.


Saturday, September 13
Boise Men's Fall Open
Boise, Idaho

Two Whitman freshmen stayed alive in their consolation singles brackets on Saturday as the Boise Men's Fall Open continued in Boise, Idaho. Both players, Phalkun Mam in Flight II and Robbie Munday in Flight III, will play semifinal matches at 8 a.m. Sunday at Boise State University's Appleton Tennis Center.

In his first match Saturday, Mam notched an abbreviated three-set victory, winning 6-3, 2-6, 1-0 over Weber State's Daniel Abreaboeru, a junior from Bucharest, Romania. Mam victimized a second Weber State player in the quarterfinals, downing Travis Covington 6-1, 7-6.

Mam's opponent in Sunday's semifinal is the University of Portland's Peter Miskobic, a sophomore from Bratislava, Slovakia.

In his first match Saturday, Munday opened with an easy 6-0, 6-0 victory over Boise's Stephen Wolcott. Munday then wrested a 6-2, 7-5 victory from his doubles partner in the tournament, Whitman junior Brad Changstrom. In his first consolation match Saturday, Changstrom beat Gonzaga junior Jesse Goldsmith by scores of 6-3, 6-2.

In his Sunday semifinal, Munday faces Weber State's Spencer Merchant.

Munday and Changstrom played one match Saturday in the Flight II consolation doubles bracket, losing 8-4 in the quarterfinals to Weber State's Merchant and Zach Levtan.

Two more Whitman freshmen, twins Dane and David Miller, lost in the consolation quarterfinals in Flight I doubles. They dropped a 9-7 decision to Gonzaga's Bryce Cooper and Brett Womack.

Dane Miller and a fifth Whitman freshman, Steven Ly, picked up victories Saturday in the "double consolation" singles brackets.

In Flight I, Ly posted an impressive 6-0, 6-3 victory over the College of Santa Fe's Ivan Angulo, who played No. 1 singles last season in leading Santa Fe to the NAIA national championship. In the semifinals, however, Ly, dropped a 6-2, 6-3 decision to Weber State's Jonathan Engelbrecht, a junior from Johannesburg, South Africa.

In Flight II, Dane Miller rolled to a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Boise's Quinn Olbrich before losing 4-6, 6-2, 1-0 to the University of Montana's Varun Giri, a sophomore from New Delhi, India.


Sunday, September 14
Boise Men's Fall Open
Boise, Idaho

Robbie Munday, one of several talented first-year Whitman players, won two more singles matches Sunday to win the Flight III consolation bracket. Munday opened with a 6-1, 6-2 semifinal victory over Weber State's Spencer Merchant and rallied for a 1-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-8) triumph over Cameron Mayo, a Montana State junior.

"Robbie showed a lot of heart and class to come back and win the final match despite not playing his best tennis," Whitman coach Jeff Northam said.

One of Munday's freshman teammates, Phalkun Mam, nearly made the consolation finals in Flight II. Mam lost a close 6-4, 6-4 semifinal decision to University of Portland's Peter Miskobic, a sophomore from Bratislava, Slovakia.

Whitman was the only non-athletic scholarship school playing in the Boise Open. Most of the schools in the tourney are NCAA Div. I.


Friday, September 19
Whitman Intercollegiate Tournament
Walla Walla, Wash.

The Whitman men's tennis team got off to a good start Friday in the opening rounds of the Whitman Intercollegiate Tournament, advancing five freshmen into Saturday's round of 16. The tournament, which continues through Sunday, is taking place at Whitman and other courts around the community.

The University of Montana, the only NCAA Div. I school in the tournament, moved six players into the round of 16. Lewis-Clark State College (LCSC) advanced three and Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) two.

Whitman's Steven Ly, seeded No. 4 in the tournament, knocked off LCSC freshman Ari Zazlow 6-4, 6-2 in his only match Friday. Ly had a bye in the opening round.

David Miller, another of Whitman's freshmen, picked up two victories Friday, including a 7-5, 6-0 second-round win over the No. 10 seed, University of Puget Sound (UPS) junior Rogers Hawley. Miller blitzed LCSC junior Levi Brown 6-2, 6-0 in round one.

Miller's twin brother, Dane, also notched a pair of wins Friday, beating PLU sophomore Kevin Yoder 6-0, 6-1 and UPS senior Noah Swanson 6-2, 6-2.

Phalkun Mam and Rob Munday also advanced to the round of 16 for Whitman, thanks to three victories over PLU players. Munday opened with a 6-2, 6-0 win over junior Kevin Carkson and then rallied for a 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-7) triumph over Eric Husa, one of PLU's highly ranked freshmen. After taking a bye in round one, Mam slipped past Jeff Loranger 7-5, 7-6.

A handful of matches were played in doubles Friday evening, including two involving Whitman players. Ly and Mam scored an 8-2 victory over a UPS duo, Swanson and sophomore Drew Gemmer. Two other Whitman freshmen, Daryl Gasca and Kenji Strait, were not as fortunate, losing a close 8-6 decision to LCSC's Zaslow and Marc Urza.

Four more Whitman doubles teams will play their first matches Saturday. One of the four, the Miller twins, are seeded No. 5 in the tournament.

In other singles matches Friday, Whitman junior Brad Changstrom lost a hard-fought 6-4, 7-6 decision to Montana freshman Sean Stewart. Gasca posted a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Puget Sound's Gemmer in the opening round, but then lost 6-3, 6-0 to Montana sophomore Varun Giri, the No. 7 seed.

Other Whitman players losing in the first round were junior Will Wyatt (6-4, 7-6 to Puget Sound's Swanson), sophomore Aaron Cho (6-1, 6-0 to Montana's Brady Tommerup), freshman Tyler Kohlhoff (6-0, 6-0 to PLU's Luke Roloff, the No. 9 seed), and freshman Kevin Spears (6-0, 6-4 to Montana's Nick Tyree.

Five Missionaries are entered in the consolation singles bracket, which gets underway Saturday morning.


Saturday, September 20
Whitman Intercollegiate Tournament
Walla Walla, Wash.

Steven Ly and David Miller, a pair of Whitman freshmen, posted two win each on Saturday to advance to Sunday's singles semifinals at the Whitman Intercollege Tournament, taking place on campus and other courts in the local area.

Ly, the No. 4 seed, got started Saturday with a 6-2, 6-0 victory over the University of Montana's Brady Tommerup. Next, in the quarterfinals, Ly rallied for a 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 victory over one of his teammates, freshman Dane Miller. David and Dane Miller are twin brothers.

Dane Miller advanced to his semifinal against Ly by taking a three-set quarterfinal decision from seventh-seeded Varun Giri, a sophomore from New Delhi, India, who plays for the University of Montana. The scores were 6-3, 2-6, 6-4.

David Miller scored two solid victories Saturday to advance to the semifinals. Miller started with a 7-5, 6-1 victory over the No. 8 seed, Dimitri Verbyou, a freshman from Vitebsk, Belarus. Then, in the quarterfinals, Miller rolled to a 6-2, 6-3 triumph over Pacific Lutheran sophomore Matt Larimore, the No. 3 seed. Larimore advanced earlier Saturday with a 6-4, 2-6, 7-5 win over Whitman freshman Rob Munday.

Phalkun Mam, another member of Whitman's talented freshman class, also came close to making Saturday's quarterfinals. Mam lost in three sets -- 6-2, 4-6, 6-0 -- early Saturday to the No. 2 seed, Stan Nevolovich, a sophomore from Johannesburg, South Africa, who plays for the University of Montana.

In men's doubles action Saturday, Whitman advanced two teams to Sunday's semifinals.

The Miller twins, seeded No. 5 in doubles, started with an 8-6 victory over the University of Montana's Michael James and Gus Treyz. Next, in ther quarterfinals, the Millers tallied an 8-6 victory over Marc Uzra and Ari Zaslow, a duo from Lewis-Clark State.

In the other semifinal bracket, Ly and Mam slipped past Lewis-Clark State's Mark Kufel and Dimitri Verabyou by a 9-8 score. In the quarterfinals, Ly and May beat another Lewis-Clark State team, Andy Hunt and Philip McKeague, by an 8-4 count.

In Saturday's consolation doubles bracket, two Whitman teams advanced to Sunday's semifinals. Brad Changstrom, a junior, teamed with freshman Rob Munday for an 8-3 quarterfinal victory over Puget Sound's Jeff Belzer and Ethan Chung. Tyler Kohlhoff and Kevin Spears, a pair of Whitman freshmen, moved to the semifinals when their quarterfinal foes defaulted due to injury.

In Saturday's consolation singles bracket, Changstrom made the quarterfinals with a 6-4, 7-6 victory over Lewis-Clark State's Kufel. In his quarterfinal match, however, Changstrom dropped a close 6-2, 2-6, 1-0 (10-8) decision to the No. 10 seed, Rogers Hawley of the University of Puget Sound.

Four other Missionaries -- Kohlhoff, Spears, Will Wyatt and Aaron Cho -- lost their first consolation matches Saturday. Wyatt, a junior, made the best showing, losing 4-6, 6-0, 1-0 (10-7), Puget Sound's Drew Gemmer.


Sunday, September 21
Whitman Intercollegiate Tournament
Walla Walla, Wash.

After scrambling past all other opponents at this weekend's Whitman Intercollegiate Tournament, four Whitman freshmen finally hit a roadblock Sunday in losing semifinal showdowns in singles and doubles to players from NCAA Div. I University of Montana.

Steven Ly, Whitman's top-seeded player in singles at No. 4, lost 6-3, 6-0 in one of the semifinals to the tournament's No. 2 seed, Montana's Stan Nevolovich, a junior from Johannesburg, South Africa.

In the other singles semfinal, Whitman freshman David Miller dropped a 6-0, 6-1 decision to the No. 1 seed, Montana's Jan Steenekamp, also a junior from Johannesburg.

Steenekamp and Nevolovich, the top-seeded team in doubles, handed David Miller and his twin brother Dane an 8-2 loss in one of Sunday's semifinal matches in doubles. The Miller twins were seeded No. 5 in doubles.

In the other doubles semifinal, Ly and freshman teammate Phalkun Mam lost 9-7 to another Montana doubles team, Varun Giri and Ryan O'Neill, the No. 6 seed in doubles.

Rather than stay at Whitman to play the tournament title matches in singles and doubles, the Montana players opted for an earlier start on their drive back Missoula. They will play their title matches on Monday or Tuesday on their home courts.

In other men's action Sunday, Whitman's Brad Changstrom, a junior, teamed with freshman Rob Munday to advance to the finals of the consolation doubles bracket. After notching an 8-6 victory over Montana's Sean Stewart and Nick Tyree in the semfinals, Changstrom and Munday dropped a 9-7 decision to Pacific Lutheran's Luke Roloff and Ben Schaefer, the tournament's No. 4 seed in doubles.

Although his freshmen failed to get past Montana's Division I players, Whitman coach Jeff Northam was thrilled with their play. In addition to making the consolation finals in doubles, Munday also made a good showing in singles, losing a close three-set decision in the quarterfinals to the tournament's No. 3 seed.

"I'm excited about the season we're going to have," Northam said. "We've got five freshmen who have some amazing talent. It will be interesting to see how they do in two weeks at the ITA regional tournament, playing against other Division III players."

This is the fifth year Northam has hosted a fall tournament, and with his freshman class leading the way, this was Whitman's best showing ever as a team. "This also was the strongest field we've ever had," Northam said. "This was the first time we've had a Division I school in the tournament, and Montana brought their top eight players."


Friday, October 3
ITA Southwest Regional
San Antonio, Texas

Steven Ly and David Miller, a pair of Whitman freshmen, stayed on the winning track by winning both of their singles matches during Friday's opening day of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Southwest Region Championships at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.

Both Ly, the tournament's No. 6 seed in singles, and Miller, the No. 9 seed, had first-round byes.

In his first match, Ly rolled to a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Kevin Fisher, a junior at Howard Payne University. In round three, Ly won 6-3, 3-0 (retired) over Stephen Schaefer, a junior at Trinity.

Miller cruised to a 6-1, 6-1 win over Ricky Gonzalez, a Howard-Payne sophomore, in his first match of the day. Miller then survived a hard-fought 6-3, 6-7, 1-0 (10-7) victory over Dillon Gussis, a sophomore at Southwestern University.

Miller's twin brother, Dane Miller, also had a first-round bye Friday. After scoring a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Trinity junior Chris Price, however, Dane Miller dropped a 7-5, 6-3 third-round decision to the tournament's No. 8 seed, David Wu, a sophomore at Hardin-Simmons.

Brad Changstrom, a junior, notched Whitman's first victory Friday, upsetting the tournament's No. 21 seed, McMurry State senior David Salazar. After taking a first-round bye, Changstrom downed Salazar 6-1, 6-4 in round two.

Later in the day, however, Changstrom was not able to pull off a second upset later in the day, however, falling to the No. 2 seed, Jordan Taillon. Taillon, a two-time defending champion of the tournament from Trinity, won the match 6-2, 7-6.

After his first-round bye, Whitman freshman Phalkun Mam posted a 6-1, 6-1 win over Stephen Harris, a junior at Schreiner University. Mam also won his second match of the day, beating John Roaten from Harden-Simmons, 7-5, 6-4.

David Mertz, a sophomore at Trinity, spoiled Whitman's otherwise perfect start in the opening round with a 6-3, 6-4 second-round victory over Whitman freshman Rob Munday. The loss dropped Munday into the consolation bracket, where he scored a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Pacific Lutheran's Ben Schaefer.

In Friday night action, all three of Whitman doubles teams won their first matches.

Dane and David Miller, the No. 5 seeds in doubles, won 8-3 over Schreiner University's Mike Jaster and Stephen Harris. Brad Changstrom and Robbie Munday knocked off the University of Texas-Tyler's Kevin Cook and Dallas Long, 9-7. Whitman's third team, Steven Ly and Phalkun Mam, seeded 10th in doubles, defeated Kevin Fisher and Ricky Gonzalez of Howard Payne, 8-1.

This weekend's tournament features 86 NCAA Div. III players from 13 schools, most of them members of the Southwest Athletic Conference and Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference. Whitman, Pacific Lutheran and Linfield are the only Northwest Conference schools with players at the tournament.

The singles and doubles champions from this weekend's tournament advance to the ITA National Small College Championships, slated for Oct. 16-19 in Corpus Christi, Texas.


Saturday, Oct. 4
ITA Southwestern Regional
San Antonio, Texas

Whitman's Dane and David Miller, twin brothers and doubles partners, won a pair of matches on Saturday to advance to Sunday's semifinals of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Southwest Region Championships at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.

Seeded No. 5 in the doubles portion of the tournament, the Millers got rolling Saturday with an 8-7 victory over Trinity's David Mertz and Chad Waryas. The two Whitman freshmen then breezed to an 8-2 quarterfinal victory over the No. 3 seeds, Greg Jones and Patrick Painter of the University of Texas-Tyler (UTT).

Two more Whitman freshmen, Steven Ly and Phalkun Mam, also won their first doubles match on Saturday before losing later in the day in the quarterfinals. Seeded No. 10, Ly and Mam upset Linfield's Tim Layman and Chris Rivera 8-4 in the round of 16. Layman, a senior, and Rivera, a junior, were the tournament's No. 2 seeds in doubles. In the quarterfinals, Ly and Mam fell 8-4 to the No. 6 seeds, Trinity's Jordan Taillon and Jeremy Stone.

Whitman's third doubles team, junior Brad Changstrom and freshman Rob Munday, also played a round of 16 match on Saturday afternoon, losing to the No. 1 seeds, Trinity's Stefan Parker and Sean Fifield. The score was 8-1.

In Saturday's singles action, both Ly and David Miller advanced as far as quarterfinals before losing.

Seeded No. 6 in singles, Ly won his first match on Saturday, defeating UTT's Patrick Painter, the No. 16 seed, 6-3, 7-6. Ly then lost to the No. 3 seed, Trinity senior Sean Fifield, 6-3, 6-2.

David Miller also won his first match Saturday, beating No. 5 Brad Grace of Hardin-Simmons, 6-1, 6-3. In the quarterfinals, Miller was unable to hold early leads in the first two sets, losing 7-5, 7-5 to the No. 4 seed, Linfield's Tim Layman.

Whitman's Mam also played in Saturday's fourth round, losing to the No. 7 seed, UTT's Greg Jones. Mam rallied in the second set, winning it 7-5 after losing the first set 6-0. The third set was limited to a tie-breaker, with Jones winning 10-7.

In the singles consolation bracket on Saturday, Whitman's Munday advanced to Sunday's semifinals with a pair of victories. After benefiting from an injury default, Munday tallied a 6-1, 6-1 win over UTT's Dallas Long.


Sunday, Oct. 5
ITA Southwest Regional
San Antonio, Texas

Whitman freshmen Dane and David Miller waged a good battle Sunday before losing in the doubles semifinals of Intercollegiate Tennis Association (UTA) Southwest Region Championships at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.

The Miller twins, seeded No. 5 in the doubles portion of the tournament, lost 8-5 in the semifinals to Trinity's Sean Fifield, a senior, and Stefan Parker, a junior. Fifield and Parker are the No. 1 seeds in doubles.

"It was a good match," Whitman coach Jeff Northam said. "Dane and David played well against the top-seeded team in the tournament."

In other results from Sunday, Whitman freshman Rob Munday completed his successful run through the consolation singles bracket, winning two more matches to claim the consolation title. Munday beat Roy Lehman, a freshman at Hardin-Simmons, by a 6-1, 6-1 score in the semifinals. In the title match, Munday downed Texas Lutheran's Rodney Munoz 6-3, 6-0.

Earlier this fall, Munday bounced back from an early singles loss at the Boise Open to win the Flight III consolation bracket.


Saturday, Feb. 14
Whitman 7, Whitworth 0
Walla Walla, Wash.

The Whitman men's tennis team opened its spring season with an easy 7-0 victory over Northwest Conference rival Whitworth on Saturday in the Bratton Tennis Center.

Whitman dropped just four games in sweeping the six singles matches. Freshmen Steven Ly, David Miller and Robbie Munday notched victories for the Missionaries at the top of the singles order. Phalkun Mam, another freshman, was the winner at No. 5 singles, while juniors Brad Changstrom and Will Wyatt were winners at No. 4 and No. 6, respectively.

Dane Miller, another member of Whitman's touted freshman class, missed Saturday's match due to injury. Sam Spiegel, the only senior on the Missionary roster, also missed the match.

Whitman continues its early season slate with a pair of matches in Lewiston, Idaho, on Monday. The Missionaries play NAIA powerhouse Lewis-Clark State at noon before squaring off with NCAA Div. I Idaho at 4 p.m. Both matches will be played at the Lewis-Clark State campus.

Singles

No. 1 -- Steven Ly (Whitman) def. Justin Swanson: 6-1, 6-1
No. 2 -- David Miller (Whitman) def. Tyler Van Horn: 6-2, 6-0
No. 3 -- Robbie Munday (Whitman) def. Justin Glaser: 6-0, 6-0
No. 4 -- Brad Changstrom (Whitman) def. Tyler Best: 6-0, 6-0
No. 5 -- Phalkun Mam (Whitman) def. Isaac Lanctot: 6-0, 6-0
No. 6 -- Will Wyatt (Whitman) def. Jeremiah Collins: 6-1, 6-0

Doubles

No. 1 -- Miller/Ly (Whitman) def. Swanson/Best: 8-3
No. 2 -- Changstrom/Mam (Whitman) def. Van Horn/Glaser: 8-1
No. 3 -- Munday/Wyatt (Whitman) def. Michael Carlson/Lanctot: 8-2


Monday, Feb. 16
Lewis-Clark State 6, Whitman 1
Lewiston, Idaho

The Whitman men's tennis team suffered its first setback of the spring season, falling to Lewis-Clark State 6-1 Monday in Lewiston, Idaho. LCSC, an NAIA Div. I tennis powerhouse, lists five international players on its roster. The Missionaries fell to 1-1 for the season, while the Warriors improved to 5-1 with the win.

Freshman Phalkun Mam scored Whitman's only team point in the No. 5 singles match, winning 6-4, 7-5. In No. 3 doubles, junior Will Wyatt teamed with freshman Robbie Munday to win 8-6.

Singles

No. 1 -- Diomitri Verabyou (LCSC) def. Steven Ly: 6-2, 6-4
No. 2 -- Borja Molas (LCSC) def. David Miller: 7-6, 6-2
No. 3 -- Ari Zaslow (LCSC) def. Robbie Munday: 6-0, 6-1
No. 4 -- Marek Kufel (LCSC) def. Brad Changstrom: 6-2, 6-4
No. 5 -- Phalkun Mam (Whitman) def. Guilherme Martins: 6-4, 7-6
No. 6 -- Phil McKeague (LCSC) def. Will Wyatt: 6-1, 7-5

Doubles

No. 1 -- Verabyou/Molas (LCSC) def. Miller/Ly: 8-3
No. 2 -- Zaslow/Guilherme (LCSC) def. Changstrom/Mam: 8-4
No. 3 -- Munday/Wyatt (Whitman) def. McKeague/Kufel: 8-6



Monday, Feb. 16
Idaho 7, Whitman 0
Lewiston, Idaho

The Whitman men's tennis team followed up its competition against Lewis-Clark State with a second tough match on Monday, losing 7-0 to NCAA Div. I University of Idaho.

The Missionaries were unable to win any mathces, but freshmen Robbie Munday and Phalkun Mam both took their singles matches to third-set tie-breakers. Munday fell 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (4) at No. 3 singles, while Mam was defeated 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (6).

Two other freshman, David Miller and Steven Ly, teamed to play a close match at No. 1 doubles, falling 8-6.

Whitman continues non-conference play with an exhibition slated for Thursday, Feb. 18.

Singles

No. 1 -- Chris Falman (Idaho) def. Steven Ly: 6-2, 6-2
No. 2 -- Brad Lum-Tucker (Idaho) def. David Miller: 6-0, 6-2
No. 3 -- Fabian Dummett (Idaho) def. Robbie Munday: 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (4)
No. 4 -- Hector Mucharraz (Idaho) def. Brad Changstrom: 6-4, 6-2
No. 5 -- Seth Banks (Idaho) def. Phalkun Mam: 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (6)
No. 6 -- James Cromwell (Idaho) def. Will Wyatt: 6-2, 6-2

Doubles

No. 1 -- Faulman/Lum-Tucker (Idaho) def. Miller/Ly: 8-6
No. 2 -- Banks/Dummett (Idaho) def. Changstrom/Mam: 8-2
No. 3 -- Mucharraz/Kevin Komishi (Idaho) def. Munday/Wyatt: 8-3


Thursday, Feb. 19
Whitman 7, Calgary 0 (exhibition)
Walla Walla, Wash.

The Whitman men's tennis team had little trouble Thursday afternoon as it blanked the University of Calgary 7-0 in an exhibition match in Walla Walla, Wash. The Missionaries won every match, including two extra matches in singles.

Freshmen Stephen Ly, David Miller and Robbie Munday were victors in the top three singles matches. Miller didn't lose a game all day, winning 6-0, 6-0 in No. 2 singles and teaming with Ly to 8-0 in No. 1 doubles.

Juniors Brad Changstrom and Will Wyatt added victories in No. 4 and No. 6 singles, while freshman Phalkun Mam won at No. 5 singles. Another Whitman freshman, Dane Miller, missed the match due to injury.

The Missionaries return to conference action with a match verus Lewis & Clark on Friday, Feb. 27.

Singles

No. 1 -- Steven Ly (Whitman) def. Jason Muma: 6-0, 7-5
No. 2 -- David Miller (Whitman) def. Aly Khanji: 6-0, 6-0
No. 3 -- Robbie Munday (Whitman) def. Ein Choi: 6-3, 6-0
No. 4 -- Brad Changstrom (Whitman) def. Eliot Bouug: 6-3, 6-3
No. 5 -- Phalkun Mam (Whitman) def. Davin Pantuso: 6-2, 6-2
No. 6 -- Will Wyatt (Whitman) def. Chris Frolek: 6-3, 6-1
No. 7 -- Daryl Gasca (Whitman) def. Fabien Pereira: 6-2, 6-2
No. 8 -- Aaron Cho (Whitman) def. Jason Lugcock: 6-0, 6-2

Doubles

No. 1 -- Miller/Ly (Whitman) def. Muma/Khanji: 8-0
No. 2 -- Changstrom/Mam (Whitman) def. Pantuso/Choi: 8-3
No. 3 -- Munday/Wyatt (Whitman) def. Frolek/Bouug: 8-4


Friday, Feb. 27
Whitman 7, Lewis & Clark 0
Portland, Ore.

Losing just nine games in the six singles matches, the Whitman men's tennis team cruised to a 7-0 Northwest Conference victory over Lewis & Clark Friday afternoon in Portland, Ore.

The Missionaries improved to 2-0 in NWC matches and 2-2 overall. Lewis & Clark dropped to 1-2 in conference matches.

Four freshmen, led by Steven Ly and David Miller in the top two spots, were winners for Whitman in the opening four singles matches. A fifth freshman, Dane Miller, remains sidelined by an injury.

Also winning in singles were two juniors, Brad Changstrom at No. 5 and Will Wyatt at No. 6.

Whitman has two NWC matches scheduled for Saturday, weather permitting, at George Fox and Pacific.

Singles

No. 1 -- Steven Ly (Whitman) def. Tommy Brasier: 6-2, 6-0
No. 2 -- David Miller (Whitman) def. Zach Mann: 6-2, 6-1
No. 3 -- Phalkun Mam (Whitman) def. David Lindsay: 6-0, 6-0
No. 4 -- Robbie Munday (Whitman) def. Stefan Shearer: 6-0, 6-0
No. 5 -- Brad Changstrom (Whitman) def. David Ely: 6-1, 6-1
No. 6 -- Will Wyatt (Whitman) def. Lee Gurney: 6-1, 6-1

Doubles

No. 1 -- Miller/Ly (Whitman) def. Mann/Brasier: 8-6
No. 2 -- Changstrom/Mam (Whitman) def. Lindsay/Shearer: 8-0
No. 3 -- Munday/Wyatt (Whitman) def. Ely/Gurney: 8-1


Saturday, Feb. 28
Whitman 6, George Fox 0
Newberg, Ore.

It was another dominating performance for the Whitman men's tennis team Saturday morning as the Missionaries pinned a 6-0 Northwest Conference victory on George Fox in Newberg, Ore.

The Missionaries improved to 3-0 in NWC matches and 3-2 overall. George Fox dropped to 0-3 in conference matches.

Whitman swept the three doubles matches, losing just three games in the process, to claim the one team point available in men's tennis. The Missionaries also swept the top five singles matches, losing just four games. Two Whitman freshmen, Stephen Ly at No. 1 and Phalkun Mam at No. 2, won by 6-0, 6-0 scores.

Whitman's Daryl Gasca, another freshman, was leading 3-0 in the first set of the No. 6 singles match when heavy rains ended the competition. Other winners in singles for Whitman were freshman David Miller at No. 2 and juniors Brad Changstrom and Will Wyatt at No. 4 and No. 5, respectively.

The Missionaries were slated to play at afternoon match Saturday at Pacific in Forest Grove, Ore. That match was canceled by rain.

Singles

No. 1 -- Steven Ly (Whitman) def. Matt Leininger: 6-0, 6-0
No. 2 -- David Miller (Whitman) def. Yy Shoji: 6-0, 6-1
No. 3 -- Phalkun Mam (Whitman) def. Derek Dougherty: 6-0, 6-0
No. 4 -- Brad Changstrom (Whitman) def. Kyle Pearson: 6-1, 6-1
No. 5 -- Will Wyatt (Whitman) def. Chris Selid: 6-0, 6-1
No. 6 -- Rained out, with Daryl Gasca (Whitman) leading Brian Gray: 3-0, first set

Doubles

No. 1 -- Miller/Ly (Whitman) def. Leininger/Selid: 8-0
No. 2 -- Changstrom/Robbie Munday (Whitman) def. Dougherty/Pearson: 8-1
No. 3 -- Gasca/Wyatt (Whitman) def. Shoji/Gray: 8-2


Friday, March 5
Whitman 7, Puget Sound 0
Richland, Wash.

Pitching its fourth shutout in as many matches against Northwest Conference opponents, the Whitman men's tennis team rolled to a 7-0 victory over Puget Sound Friday afternoon at the Columbia Basin Racquet Club in Richland, Wash.

Playing four freshmen and two juniors, Whitman improved to 4-2 on the season. The Loggers dropped to 2-4 in NWC matches.

Winners in singles for Whitman were freshmen Steven Ly, David Miller, Robbie Munday and Phalkun Mam. Juniors Brad Changstrom and Will Wyatt also added victories.

The competition promises to stiffen Saturday when Whitman hosts Pacific Lutheran at 2 p.m. in the Bratton Tennis Center. Pacific Lutheran and Whitman, along with defending champion Linfield, are the teams expected to challenge for this year's NWC title.

Singles

No. 1 -- Steven Ly (Whitman) def. Trent Neugebauer: 6-2, 6-0
No. 2 -- David Miller (Whitman) def. Rogers Hawley: 7-5, 0-6, 1-0 (10-6)
No. 3 -- Robbie Munday (Whitman) def. Noah Swanson: 6-2, 6-2
No. 4 -- Phalkun Mam (Whitman) def. Jeff Belzer: 6-3, 7-5
No. 5 -- Brad Changstrom (Whitman) def. Drew Gemmer: 6-0, 6-0
No. 6 -- Will Wyatt (Whitman) def. Travis Titus: 6-0, 6-1

Doubles

No. 1 -- Miller/Ly (Whitman) def. Neugebauer/Hawley: 8-4
No. 2 -- Mam/Changstrom (Whitman) def. Swanson/Titus: 8-4
No. 3 -- Munday/Wyatt (Whitman) def. Gemmer/Andrew Neal: 8-1


Saturday, March 6
Pacific Lutheran 4, Whitman 3
Walla Walla, Wash.

Freshman Erik Husa rallied for a three-set victory at No. 5 singles, the last match in progress, to give Pacific Lutheran a 4-3 Northwest Conference tennis victory over Whitman Saturday afternoon in the Bratton Tennis Center.

The Lutes improved to 4-2 on the season and 4-1 in the NWC. Whitman dropped to 4-3 overall and 4-1 in conference.

Pacific Lutheran took the early 1-0 lead in the team scoring, taking two of three matches in doubles. The No. 1 and No. 3 matches were decided relatively quickly, with the Lutes winning at No. 1 and Whitman doing likewise at No. 3. That left the doubles point resting on the outcome of the No. 2 match, which PLU's Ben Schaefer and Martin Uylangco claimed by outlasting Whitman's Brad Changstrom and Phalkun Mam by a 9-7 margin.

The two teams then split the first four matches in singles. Whitman freshmen Robbie Munday at No. 3 and Phalkun Mam at No. 4 remained undefeated in NWC singles play, each winning in straight sets. But Missionary freshmen Steven Ly and David Miller were not so fortunate, each suffering their first NWC defeats of the season. PLU sophomore Matt Larimore rallied for a 6-7 (7-4), 6-3, 6-2 victory over Ly at No. 1 singles, and senior Luke Roloff gave the Lutes a two-set win over Miller at No. 2.

Sam Spiegel, the only senior on Whitman's roster, pulled the Missionaries into a 3-3 tie in the team scoring with a 6-2, 6-2 triumph at No. 6 singles. It was Spiegel's first match of the season.

Whitman's Changstrom posted a 6-4 win in the opening set at No. 5 singles and had an early lead in the second set. PLU's Husa recovered to win that second set, however, and rode the momentum to take the deciding third set as well.

Larimore and Roloff won the No. 1 doubles match for the Lutes. Munday and another of Whitman's freshmen, Dane Miller, gave the Missionaries a win in No. 3 doubles. Miller, sidelined by injury in recent weeks, was seeing his first action of the spring season.

Whitman travels to western Oregon next weekend to play NWC matches at Linfield and Willamette. The Missionaries then head to southern California for Spring Break and a series of four non-conference matches.

Singles

No. 1 -- Matt Larimore (PLU) def. Steven Ly: 6-7 (7-4), 6-3, 6-2
No. 2 -- Luke Roloff (PLU) def. David Miller: 6-0, 6-4
No. 3 -- Robbie Munday (Whitman) def. Ben Schaefer: 6-4, 6-4
No. 4 -- Phalkun Mam (Whitman) def. Martin Uylangco: 6-1, 6-2
No. 5 -- Erik Husa (PLU) def. Brad Changstrom: 4-6, 6-4, 6-1
No. 6 -- Sam Spiegel (Whitman) def. Boyd Massie: 6-2, 6-2

Doubles

No. 1 -- Larimore/Roloff (PLU) def. David Miller/Ly: 8-4
No. 2 -- Schaefer/Uylango (PLU) def. Mam/Changstrom: 9-7
No. 3 -- Munday/Dane Miller (Whitman) def. Husa/Jeff Loranger: 8-3


Friday, March 12
Whitman 4, Linfield 3
McMinnville, Ore.

One week after dropping a disappointing 4-3 decision to Pacific Lutheran, the Whitman men's tennis team bounced back Friday with a 4-3 victory over two-time defending Northwest Conference champion Linfield in McMinnville, Ore.

Whitman improved to 5-1 in NWC matches and 5-3 on the season. Linfield, losing its first NWC match since the spring of 2002, dropped to 6-1 in conference and 6-3 overall.

"Losing at home to PLU was tough, but this win at Linfield gives us a big boost," Whitman coach Jeff Northam said. "All three of these teams are very good."

Linfield grabbed the early advantage Friday, sweeping all three doubles matches to claim the doubles point. The Wildcats also emerged with close victories at No. 1 and No. 2 singles, but Whitman countered by winning the remaining four matches in singles.

"We got swept in doubles, but then we clawed our way back into the match in singles," Northam said. "The guys showed a lot of heart in bouncing back in singles."

Robbie Munday, one of five freshmen who played singles for Whitman, picked up a pivotal win in No. 3 singles, outlasting Linfield's Erik Janssen, a sophomore from Molenhoek, Holland. Munday won 7-5, 5-7, 6-2 to extend his singles record against NWC opponents to a perfect 5-0.

Phalkun Mam, another of the Missionary freshmen, also stayed perfect against conference foes, running his singles record to 6-0 with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Linfield junior Brian Mullin in the No. 6 match.

Dane Miller, a freshman sidelined by injury in recent weeks, played his first singles match of the spring at No. 4, beating Linfield senior Nick Baker 6-1, 6-4. Sam Spiegel, Whitman's only senior, played his second singles at No. 5, downing Wildcat senior Chris Rivera 7-5, 7-5.

The No. 1 singles match was a battle, with Linfield junior Tim Layman bouncing back for a 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 win over Whitman freshman Steven Ly. Jack Fleming, a sophomore, gave the Wildcats a close victory at No. 2 singles, where he beat Missionary freshman David Miller 6-4, 7-6 (7-5).

"This was a good win for us, but we've got a long ways to go," Northam said. "Our young guys keep getting better with every match."

Whitman plays another NWC match at Willamette Saturday morning before embarking on a week-long, four-match Spring Break trip to southern California.

Singles

No. 1 -- Tim Layman (Linfield) def. Steven Ly: 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
No. 2 -- Jack Fleming (Linfield) def. David Miller: 6-4, 7-6 (7-5)
No. 3 -- Robbie Munday (Whitman) def. Erik Janssen: 7-5, 5-7, 6-2
No. 4 -- Dane Miller (Whitman) def. Nick Baker: 6-1, 6-4
No. 5 -- Sam Spiegel (Whitman) def. Chris Rivera: 7-5, 7-5
No. 6 -- Phalkun Mam (Whitman) def. Brian Mullin: 6-3, 6-2

Doubles

No. 1 -- Baker/Layman (Linfield) def. David Miller/Dane Miller: 8-5
No. 2 -- Janssen/Fleming (Linfield) def. Ly/Munday: 8-4
No. 3 -- Rivera/Mullin (Linfield) def. Mam/Brad Changstrom: 8-2


Saturday, March 13
Whitman 7, Willamette 0
Salem, Ore.

Using ten players in singles and doubles, the Whitman men's tennis team rolled to a 7-0 Northwest Conference victory over Willamette Saturday in Salem, Ore. The Missionaries improved to 6-1 in the NWC and 6-3 on the season. The Bearcats fell to 0-5 in conference play.

Junior Brad Changstrom and sophomore Aaron Cho were the only Missionaries who played in both singles and doubles. Changstrom was a 6-0, 6-0 winner in No. 3 singles, while Cho captured a 10-8 tie-breaker in the third set to win the No. 6 singles match. Changstrom and Cho also teamed for an 8-0 victory in No. 3 doubles.

Freshman Dane Miller and senior Sam Spiegel took the top singles matches for Whitman. Both players rejoined the line-up last week after missing the early part of the spring schedule.

Two more freshmen, Daryl Gasca and Kenji Strait, posted victories at No. 4 and No. 5 singles. Three of Whitman's top players, freshmen David Miller, Phalkun Mam and Robbie Munday, played doubles only. Stephen Ly, also a freshman and Whitman's No. 1 singles player, did not play in singles or doubles.

Whitman travels to southern California next week for a series of four matches during Spring Break. The Missionaries play at California Lutheran University on Tuesday and play Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (CMS) Thursday at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. The Pacific Life Open professional tennis tournament will be ongoing at Indian Wells when the Whitman-CMS match takes place.

Singles

No. 1 -- Dane Miller (Whitman) def. Matt McManus: 6-2, 6-0
No. 2 -- Sam Spiegel (Whitman) def. Garrett Nakamatsu: 6-1, 6-0
No. 3 -- Brad Changstrom (Whitman) def. Shaun Mihalick: 6-0, 6-0
No. 4 -- Daryl Gasca (Whitman) def. Jeff Garrison: 4-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-8)
No. 5 -- Kenji Strait (Whitman) def. Andy Frey: 6-2, 6-2
No. 6 -- Aaron Cho (Whitman) def. Josh Barnett: 6-3, 3-6, 1-0 (10-8)

Doubles

No. 1 -- David Miller/Phalkun Mam (Whitman) def. McManus/Mihalick: 8-0
No. 2 -- Robbie Munday/Will Wyatt (Whitman) def. Barnett/Nakamatsu: 8-2
No. 3 -- Changstrom/Cho (Whitman) def. Jeff Hancock/Frey: 8-0


Tuesday, March 16
Whitman 4, California Lutheran 3
Thousand Oaks, Calif.

Knocking off its second nationally-ranked team in four days, the young Whitman men's tennis team edged California Lutheran University 4-3 Tuesday afternoon in Thousand Oaks, Calif.

With freshmen filling five of the six singles slots, Whitman ran its season record to 7-3. The Kingsmen, who compete in the highly competitive Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC), dropped to 6-6 on the year.

"It was a great win for us on their court," Whitman coach Jeff Northam said. Cal Lutheran was ranked No. 12 nationally in the NCAA Div. III preseason poll.

The Missionaries took the early lead, winning the doubles point by sweeping all three doubles matches. Freshmen Dane and David Miller, twin brothers, were 8-4 winners in No. 1 doubles. Junior Brad Changstrom and freshman Robbie Munday clinched the doubles point by winning 8-6 in the No. 3 match, coming all the way back from an early 6-1 deficit.

With the doubles point already decided, freshmen Steven Ly and Phalkun Mam emerged with an 8-6 win in a see-saw battle at No. 2 doubles. Up 5-2 early in the match, Ly and Mam fell behind 6-5 before winning three straight games to wrap up the win.

In singles, Whitman's Munday and Mam posted straight set victories in the No. 3 and No. 5 matches, respectively. Meanwhile, David and Dane Miller, along with senior Sam Spiegel, were dropping two-set decisions at No. 2, No. 4 and No. 6. That left the teams deadlocked at 3-3 with the No. 1 singles match still in progress.

After losing 7-5 in the first set of the top singles match, Whitman's Steven Ly turned the tide with decisive 6-1, 6-2 victories over Quinn Calderon in the next two sets. Calderon, a junior, is ranked No. 38 nationally in singles and No. 11 in the West Region.

"Steven made some nice adjustments early in the match to take control," Northam said. "It was one of the best singles victories we've had in recent years."

After losing his first three matches of the season at No. 2 singles, Calderon moved to No. 1 singles and won six of his next seven decisions prior to Tuesday's match. His recent victories included triumphs over the University of Redlands' Brian Murphy, ranked No. 14 nationally, and Claremont-Mudd- Scripps' John Michael Cham-A-Koon, ranked No. 32 nationally.

While not ranked nationally in the preseason poll, Ly holds a No. 15 ranking the West Region. Ly is 6-5 on the season in the No. 1 spot, having lost previously to two NCAA Div. I players and three nationally-ranked NCAA Div. III and NAIA players.

For the Miller twins, Tuesday's victory in doubles was their first of the spring season. With David Miller missing much of the early season due to injury, the two didn't play their first doubles match together until last Friday, when they lost an 8-5 decision to a ranked team from Linfield.

The Millers came to Whitman last fall after winning three consecutive Washington state doubles titles at Auburn Riverside High School. They are the only doubles team to ever accomplish that feat.

With his victory Tuesday in No. 5 singles, Mam improved his season record to 7-1. Munday is now 6-2 in singles.

After downing nationally-ranked Linfield (No. 21) and Cal Lutheran in the past week, Whitman jumps from the frying pan into the fire later this week. After playing No. 10 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (CMS) at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden on Thursday, the Missionaries battle No. 11 Redlands on Friday and No. 25 Pomona-Pitzer on Saturday.

Earlier this season, Cal Lutheran beat Pomona-Pitzer 5-2 but lost 4-3 to Redlands and 6-1 to CMS. The Cal Lutheran/CMS match included four three-set decisions in singles.

With a roster dominated by talented freshmen, Whitman was not ranked nationally in the preseason poll. In the West Region, however, the Missionaries were ranked No. 9, behind Linfield and the four California schools they are playing this week.

Singles

No. 1 -- Steven Ly (Whitman) def. Quinn Calderon: 5-7, 6-1, 6-2
No. 2 -- J.V. Vallejos (CLU) def. David Miller: 6-1, 6-4
No. 3 -- Robbie Munday (Whitman) def. Shara Surabi: 6-4, 6-0
No. 4 -- Junya Hasebe (CLU) def. Dane Miller: 6-1, 6-2
No. 5 -- Phalkun Mam (Whitman) def. Ben Staley: 6-3, 6-2
No. 6 -- Joel Wetterholm (CLU) def. Sam Spiegel: 6-1, 6-3

Doubles

No. 1 -- David Miller/Dane Miller (Whitman) def. Caldaron/Hasebe: 8-4
No. 2 -- Ly/Mam (Whitman) def. Vallejos/Arapovic: 8-6
No. 3 -- Munday/Brad Changstrom (Whitman) def. Staley/Wetterholm: 8-6


Thursday, March 18
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 6, Whitman 1
Indian Wells (Calif.) Tennis Garden

The one-two punch of hot weather and a strong opponent sent the Whitman men's tennis team reeling to a 6-1 defeat Thursday afternoon at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in the desert of southern California. Claremont-Mud-Scripp (CMS), ranked No. 10 nationally, raised its record to 6-2 on the season, while the Missionaries dropped to 7-4.

"CMS is very good, but it was also very hot," Whitman coach Jeff Northam said. "It was in the mid-90s when we were playing, and our guys are definitely not used to that kind of heat at this time of year."

Phalkun Mam, one of five freshmen to play singles for Whitman, scored a 7-5, 6-2 victory over CMS senior John Goldis in the No. 4 singles match. Mam is now 8-1 on the season in singles.

Robbie Munday, also a freshman, and Brad Changstrom, a junior, both lost in three sets. Munday played at No. 3 singles while Changstrom played the No. 6 match.

"It was closer than the score indicates," Northam said. "We were close in some of those matches. We didn't lose today -- the other guys just beat us. They have a very good team."

While the season is young, CMS has already beaten three nationally-ranked teams, including No. 8 Washington & Lee.

Thursday's match was played at Indian Wells as the tennis complex continued to host the Pacific Life Open, one of the largest and most prestigious tournaments on the men's and women's professional circuits. The complex covers 189 acres, 20 tennis courts and three tennis stadiums. One of the stadiums, which seats 16,000, is the second largest such facility in the world.

"This is an amazing place," Northam said. "It's a great experience for our guys. They all have player badges, so they have access to the same lockerrooms and player lounges as the professional players."

Whitman, which opened its Spring Break trip through California on Tuesday with a victory over No. 12 Cal Lutheran, plays next at the University of Redlands on Friday afternoon. Redlands is ranked No. 11 nationally. The Missionaries then play at No. 25 Pomona-Pitzer on Saturday morning.

Singles

No. 1 -- John Cham-A-Koon (CMS) def. Steven Ly: 6-0, 6-4
No. 2 -- David Oehm (CMS) def. David Miller: 6-3, 6-1
No. 3 -- Eric Chow (CMS) def. Robbie Munday: 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
No. 4 -- Phalkun Mam (Whitman) def. John Goldis: 7-5, 6-2
No. 5 -- Kyle Ellison (CMS) def. Dane Miller: 7-5, 6-2
No. 6 -- Evan Feldhausen (CMS) def. Brad Changstrom: 6-7 (7-5), 6-3, 1-0 (10-4)

Doubles

No. 1 -- Cham-A-Koon/Ellison (CMS) def. David Miller/Dane Miller: 8-3
No. 2 -- Oehm/Aaron Fuhriman (CMS) def. Ly/Mam: 8-6
No. 3 -- Chow/Jason Evans (CMS) def. Munday/Changstrom: 8-5


Friday, March 19
Redlands 5, Whitman 2
Redlands, Calif.

Freshman Phalkun Mam and junior Brad Changstrom scored victories in No. 4 and No. 5 singles, but the University of Redlands swept the remaining matches for a 5-2 victory over the Whitman men's tennis team Friday afternoon in Redlands, Calif.

Redlands, ranked No. 11 nationally in NCAA Div. III and a perennial champion of the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC), upped its season record to 9-3. The Missionaries, who have dropped two of its first three matches this week in California, saw its record fall to 7-5.

Whitman's Mam ran his season singles record to 9-1 with a three-set victory in No. 4 singles. Mam downed Redlands sophomore Ashwin Bhargava 6-2, 3-6, 6-4.

At No. 5 singles, Changstrom rallied for a 3-6, 6-2, 7-5 win over Redlands sophomore Robert Vincent.

Whitman freshman Robbie Munday nearly gave the Missionaries another three-set victory at No. 2 singles. Munday and Redlands junior Mike Thoresz, a transfer from Portland's Reed College, split their first two sets before Thoresz prevailed for a 6-4 triumph in the third set.

Redlands is currently tied for first place in the SCIAC with Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, a team it plays on Saturday. Redlands had won eight consecutive SCIAC titles before slipping to third place last year.

Whitman concludes its Spring Break swing through California on Saturday when it plays at Pomona-Pitzer, which is ranked No. 25 in NCAA Div. III. Pomona-Pitzer lost 4-3 to Redlands earlier this season.

Singles

No. 1 -- Brian Murphy (Redlands) def. Steven Ly: 7-5, 6-2
No. 2 -- Mike Thoeresz (Redlands) def. Robbie Munday: 6-1, 3-6, 6-4
No. 3 -- Andrew Elling (Redlands) def. David Miller: 6-2, 6-3
No. 4 -- Phalkun Mam (Whitman) def. Ashwin Bhargava: 6-2, 3-6, 6-4
No. 5 -- Brad Changstrom (Whitman) def. Robert Vincent: 3-6, 6-2, 7-5
No. 6 -- Sean Dolan (Redlands) def. Sam Spiegel: 6-0, 6-4

Doubles

No. 1 -- Murphy/Thoeresz (Redlands) def. David Miller/Dane Miller: 8-3
No. 2 -- Elling/Bhargava (Redlands) def. Ly/Mam: 8-6
No. 3 -- Vincent/Brian Manning (Redlands) def. Munday/Changstrom: 8-3


Saturday, March 20
Whitman 4, Pomona-Pitzer 3
Claremont, Calif.

Playing its fourth nationally-ranked opponent in five days, the Whitman men's team tennis team edged Pomona-Pitzer 4-3 Saturday in Claremont. Raising their season record to 8-5, the Missionaries ended their Spring Break swing through California with two wins and two losses against teams all ranked in the NCAA Div. III Top 25.

"This was a great win today, and it's been a great week," Whitman tennis coach Jeff Northam said. "Counting the victory last Saturday at Linfield, we beat three Top 25 teams in one week."

Whitman raised its season record to 8-5. The Missionaries, who play as many as five freshmen in singles, were not ranked nationally to start the season. That could change when the next NCAA Div. III rankings are released in early April.

Whitman got off to quick start Saturday, winning all three doubles matches to win the doubles point. David Miller and Robbie Munday, two Missionary freshmen, posted an impressive 8-5 victory over David Frankel and J.R. Hall, a pair of senior All-Americans currently ranked No. 7 nationally in doubles.

Freshmen Steven Ly and Phalkun Mam were Whitman winners at No. 2 doubles, while junior Brad Changstrom teamed with freshman Dane Miller for the victory at No. 3.

"We changed our doubles line-up today and, needless to say, the guys responded well," Northam said. "That was a huge win for David and Robbie at No. 1 doubles."

In singles, Mam completed an undefeated week in California, winning in straight sets in the No. 3 slot. Mam is now 10-1 on the season in singles.

David Miller at No. 4 and Changstrom at No. 5 were also straight-set winners for the Missionaries. Munday at No. 2 and Dane Miller at No. 6 both lost in three sets. Ly nearly forced a third set at No. 1 singles, losing the second set 7-5 to Frankel, who carries a No. 12 national ranking in singles.

Pomona-Pitzer's season record drooped to a deceptive 3-8. All Sagehen losses, other than Saturday's defeat by Whitman, have come at the hands of teams ranked as high as No. 5 and no lower than No. 12. Three of Pomona-Pitzer losses against ranked teams were by 4-3 scores.

Singles

No. 1 -- Dave Frankel (PP) def. Steven Ly: 6-3, 7-5
No. 2 -- J.R. Hall (PP) def. Robbie Munday: 3-6, 6-0, 6-4
No. 3 -- Phalkun Mam (Whitman) def. Jeff Jablonski: 6-3, 6-3
No. 4 -- David Miller (Whitman) def. J.B. Wogan: 6-3, 6-2
No. 5 -- Brad Changstrom (Whitman) def. Neil Patel: 6-1, 6-2
No. 6 -- Sean Dolan (PP) def. Dane Miller: 1-6, 6-4, 6-5 default

Doubles

No. 1 -- David Miller/Munday (Whitman) def. Frankel/Hall: 8-5
No. 2 -- Ly/Mam (Whitman) def. Jablonski/Pealer: 8-6
No. 3 -- Dane Miller/Changstrom (Whitman) def. Noble/Patel: 8-5


Saturday, April 3
Whitman 6, George Fox 1
Walla Walla, Wash.

Kicking off a full day of tennis at 10 a.m., the Whitman men's tennis team cruised to a 6-1 victory over George Fox on the outdoor courts at Whitman. The Missionaries boosted their record to 9-5 on the season and 7-1 against NWC opponents. George Fox dropped to 1-10 on the season.

It was Whitman's second victory over the Bruins this season. In late February, the Missionaries posted a 6-0 win in Newberg, Ore. One of the singles matches wasn't played that date due to rain.

Brad Changstrom, a Whitman junior, led the way in singles with a 6-4, 6-2 victory in the No. 1 slot. Senior Sam Spiegel was a 6-1, 6-0 victor at No. 2 singles.

Changstrom was the only Missionary who played in doubles as well as singles. Changstrom teamed with freshman Dane Miller for an 8-1 victory in No. 3 doubles.

Other winners in singles for Whitman were freshmen Daryl Gasca and Kenji Strait at No. 5 and No. 6, respectively, and sophomore Aaron Cho at No. 6. George Fox scored its lone win of the day at No. 3 singles, courtesy of Bruin freshman Kyle Pearson.

Four Whitman freshmen combined to notch victories in No. 1 and No. 2 doubles. Robbie Munday and David Miller were winners at No. 1, while Steven Ly and Phalkun Mam were victors at No. 2.

Whitman hosts two more matches later today (Saturday), squaring off with NAIA powerhouse Lewis-Clark State at about 2 p.m. and NWC-foe Pacific early in the evening.

Singles

No. 1 -- Brad Changstrom (Whitman) def. Matt Leininger: 6-4, 6-2
No. 2 -- Sam Spiegel (Whitman) def. Derek Dougherty: 6-1, 6-0
No. 3 -- Kyle Pearson (GFox) def. Will Wyatt: 7-6 (7-3), 4-6, 1-0 (10-2)
No. 4 -- Daryl Gasca (Whitman) def. Yu Shoji: 6-2, 6-3
No. 5 -- Kenji Strait (Whitman) def. Chris Selid: 6-0, 2-6, 6-0
No. 6 -- Aaron Cho (Whitman) def. Brian Gray: 6-3, 6-1

Doubles

No. 1 -- Robbie Munday/David Miller (Whitman) def. Dougherty/Pearson Leininger/Selid: 8-2
No. 2 -- Steven Ly/Phalkun Mam (Whitman) def. Selid/Leininger: 8-0
No. 3 -- Changstrom/Dane Miller (Whitman) def. Shoji/Gray: 8-1


Saturday, April 3
Lewis-Clark State 4, Whitman 3
Walla Walla, Wash.

Lewis-Clark State, ranked No. 18 nationally in the NAIA, had all it could handle Saturday afternoon in edging the Whitman men's tennis team 4-3 on the outdoor courts at Whitman.

The Warriors took an early 1-0 lead, winning two of three matches to win the doubles point. That proved to be difference after the two squads split the six matches in singles.

LCSC, which upped its season record to 9-10, had lost several matches recently to NCAA Div. I teams and nationally-ranked NAIA teams. Whitman, an NCAA Div. III school, dropped to 9-6 on the season.

"This is as close as we've ever come to beating LCSC in my time here," veteran Whitman coach Jeff Northam.

In doubles, the No. 2 match was a close one, with LCSC's Dimitri Verabyou and Guilherme Martins outlasting Whitman's Steven Ly and Phalkun Mam 9-8. With the match even at 7-7, Ly and Mam failed to capitalize on a pair of break points that could have swung the outcome in their favor. But Verabyou, a freshman from Belarus, and Martins, a senior from Brazil, held serve and eventually closed out the victory.

Whitman played five freshmen in singles, and three pulled out victories. Robbie Munday at No. 2, David Miller at No. 4 and Dane Miller at No. 6 were all straight-set winners. Phalkun Mam, also a freshman, lost in three sets at No. 3 singles, falling to Borja Molas, a freshman from Barcelona, Spain.

Earlier this season, LCSC posted a 6-1 victory over Whitman in a match played in Lewiston, Idaho.

Singles

No. 1 -- Dimitri Verabyou (LCSC) def. Steven Ly: 6-2, 6-2
No. 2 -- Robbie Munday (Whitman) def. Ari Zazlow: 6-3, 6-2
No. 3 -- Borja Molas (LCSC) def. Phalkun Mam: 6-7 (7-4), 6-0, 6-0
No. 4 -- David Miller (Whitman) def. Marek Kufel: 6-0, 6-2
No. 5 -- Guilherme Martins (LCSC) def. Brad Changstrom: 6-0, 6-2
No. 6 -- Dane Miller (Whitman) def. Andy Hunt: 6-4, 6-2

Doubles

No. 1 -- Zaslow/Molas (LCSC) def. David Miller/Munday: 8-3
No. 2 -- Verabyou/Martins (LCSC) def. Ly/Mam: 9-8
No. 3 -- Dane Miller/Changstrom (Whitman) def. Levi Brown/Kufel: 8-2



Saturday, April 3
Whitman 6, Pacific 0
Walla Walla, Wash.

Playing its third match of the day, the Whitman men's tennis team rolled to a 6-0 Northwest Conference victory over Pacific Saturday evening on the outdoor courts at Whitman.

Whitman improved to 10-6 on the season and 8-1 in the NWC. Pacific dropped to 2-6 in NWC play.

The Boxers arrived at Whitman Saturday afternoon, thinking they were going to play Whitworth on the Missionary courts. Once Whitman had finished its afternoon match against Lewis-Clark State, it agreed to play Pacific in an evening match, so the Boxers could travel to Spokane, Wash., to play Whitworth on Sunday.

"We may have made a little history today," Whitman coach Jeff Northam said. "I don't know that any college has ever played three dual matches in one day."

After Whitman took an insurmountable 6-0 lead against Pacific by sweeping the six singles matches, the two sides decided not to play the three doubles matches. That allowed Pacific to get an earlier start for Spokane.

Sam Spiegel, Whitman's lone senior, was a 6-0, 6-0 winner in No. 5 singles. Five Missionary freshmen won the remainder of the singles matches, losing no more than two games in any one set.

Whitman completes its NWC schedule when it hosts Lewis & Clark Sunday morning. The Missionaries play a final non-conference match April 10 at NCAA Div. I Gonzaga. The NWC championships are set for April 16-17 in Yakima, Wash.

Singles

No. 1 -- Robbie Munday (Whitman) def. Scott Carruthers: 6-0, 6-0
No. 2 -- David Miller (Whitman) def. Ben Judson: 6-1, 6-2
No. 3 - Steven Ly (Whitman) def. Eric Yukumoto: 6-0, 6-2
No. 4 - Phalkun Mam (Whitman) def. Tom Chewerda: 6-2, 6-2
No. 5 - Sam Spiegel (Whitman) def. Justin Silva: 6-0, 6-0
No. 6 - Kenji Strait (Whitman) def. Kyle Tomita: 6-0, 6-1


Sunday, April 4
Whitman 7, Lewis & Clark 0
Walla Walla, Wash.

With senior Sam Spiegel winning his final home match in straight sets at No. 1 singles, the Whitman men's tennis team blanked visiting Lewis & Clark 7-0 Sunday morning on the Missionary outdoor courts.

Now 11-6 on the season and 9-1 in the Northwest Conference, Whitman concludes its regular season next Saturday at NCAA Div. I Gonzaga. Whitman will be one of the favorites when the NWC Championships take place April 16-17 in Yakima, Wash.

Sunday's loss dropped Lewis & Clark to 5-9 overall and 3-6 in conference.

Spiegel, the lone senior on Whitman's roster, beat Lewis & Clark senior Tommy Brasier 6-0, 6-4 in the No. 1 singles match. It marked only the second time in his Missionary career that Spiegel had played at No. 1 singles. He filled the top spot as a freshman in a match against Whitworth, winning in three sets.

A year ago, Spiegel played the entire season at No. 2 singles, compiling an 11-1 record against NWC opponents and earning first-team all-conference honors. He also earned a spot on the Academic All-District Team.

Concentrating early this spring on his academic workload, Spiegel made a delayed start to the tennis season, missing the first six matches. Since then, he's won six times in singles without a loss, playing anywhere from No. 1 to No. 6 on a team that now features several talented freshmen.

With the conference championships approaching, Whitman's young squad is peaking at the right time, Spiegel says. "We have an enormous amount of momentum at this point. After the tough loss to Pacific Lutheran last month, we bounced back with a big win at Linfield and then had good trip to California against the nationally-ranked teams."

"The Linfield-to-California trip was a real breakthrough for us as a team," Spiegel adds. "Everyone made critical contributions at some point. This is by far the strongest team we've had in my time here."

Whitman's strenth, individually and collectively, has continued to grow throughout the season, Spiegel says. "Coach Northam was running us through more drills this past week, and I know it helped my game. Coach is a miracle worker. Thirty minutes with coach and my game goes up four notches."

Spiegel, a politics major, has also been a key contributor to Whitman's nationally-ranked speech & debate team. "I scaled back my involvement this year with speech team. There were times when it took precedence over tennis, and I didn't want that to be the case this season. I wanted to enjoy my last tennis season. It's been great."

Spiegel, a Canadian citizen, is in the process of applying for a number of internship positions with the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, United Nations Development Program, and Amnesty International. "Law school is a definite possibility for the future, but right now I'd like to go to work for awhile, possibly in Africa or South America."

Singles

No. 1 -- Sam Spiegel (Whitman) def. Tommy Brasier: 6-0, 6-4
No. 2 -- Robbie Munday (Whitman) def. Zach Mann: 6-1, 6-2
No. 3 -- Phalkun Mam (Whitman) def. David Lindsay: 6-3, 6-2
No. 4 -- David Miller (Whitman) def. Stefan Shearer: 6-0, 6-1
No. 5 -- Dane Miller (Whitman) def. Kelvin Yue: 6-0, 6-0
No. 6 -- Brad Changstrom (Whitman) won by illness default over Lee Gurney

Doubles

No. 1 -- David Miller/Munday (Whitman) def. Mann/Brasier: 8-2
No. 2 -- Steven Ly/Mam (Whitman) def. Lindsay/Shearer: 8-1
No. 3 -- Dane Miller/Changstrom (Whitman) def. Yue/Gurney: 8-0


Saturday, April 10
Whitman 5, Gonzaga 2
Spokane, Wash.

Ending its regular season a high note, the Whitman men's tennis team posted a 5-2 victory over NCAA Div. I Gonzaga Saturday afternoon in Spokane.

The Missionaries improved to 12-6 on the season, while the Bulldogs dropped to 4-17 overall.

"Beating a Division I team is always a good way to end the regular season," Whitman coach Jeff Northam said. "The guys had a good attitude today. They battled hard. It was a great win. I'm a happy coach."

Whitman took the early lead, winning the doubles point by sweeping the three doubles matches. Freshmen David Miller and Robbie Munday were 9-7 winners in No. 1 doubles. Two more freshmen, Steven Ly and Phalkun Mam, won 8-4 in the No. 2 match. Freshman Dane Miller and junior Brad Changstrom added an 8-4 win in No. 3 doubles.

"We worked on doubles all week, and it obviously paid off," Northam said.

Whitman captured four of the six singles matches to polish off the victory. Munday won 6-3, 6-3 in No. 2 singles, beating Dru Ernst, a junior from Merced, Calif.

David Miller clinched the Missionary victory, scoring Whitman's fourth team point with a 6-3, 7-5 triumph over Reid Arthur, a sophomore from Klamath Falls, Ore. "That was a great win for David," Northam said. "He beat a guy who's been a highly ranked junior player. David kept his focus and competed very well."

Also winning in singles for Whitman were senior Sam Spiegel, who won 7-6, 6-2 at No. 5, and Dane Miller, who rallied for a 3-6, 6-2, 6-1 at No. 6.

With a 9-1 record in Northwest Conference play, Whitman will be one of the favorites when the conference championships take place Friday and Saturday, April 16-17, in Yakima, Wash. "We're ready," Northam said. "We're a very young team, but the guys have been getting better with every match."

Singles

No. 1 -- Bryce Cooper (Gonzaga) def. Steven Ly: 6-1, 6-2
No. 2 -- Robbie Munday (Whitman) def. Dru Ernst: 6-3, 6-3
No. 3 -- Brett Womack (Gonzaga) def. Phalkun Mam: 6-2, 6-1
No. 4 -- David Miller (Whitman) def. Reid Arthur: 6-3, 7-5
No. 5 -- Sam Spiegel (Whitman) def. Robert Penney: 7-6, 6-2
No. 6 -- Dane Miller (Whitman) def. Jesse Goldsmith: 3-6, 6-2, 6-1

Doubles

No. 1 -- David Miller/Munday (Whitman) def. Cooper/Ernst: 9-7
No. 2 -- Ly/Mam (Whitman) def. Womack/Arthur: 8-4
No. 3 -- Dane Miller/Brad Changstrom (Whitman) def. Goldsmith/Penney: 8-4


Northwest Conference Championships

Round One:
Friday, April 16
Whitman 7, Pacific 0
Yakima (Wash.) Tennis Club

The Whitman men's tennis team rolled to an easy 7-0 victory over Pacific in the opening round of the Northwest Conference Championships Friday morning at the Yakima (Wash.) Tennis Club.

Whitman, the tournament's No. 2 seed, lost just six games in sweeping the six singles matches. Results were more one-sided in doubles, where all three Whitman teams won by 8-0 scores.

Three of the singles matches ended in 6-0, 6-0 scores. Pitching shutouts for Whitman were Steven Ly at No. 1, Phalkun Mam at No. 3, and Dane Miller at No. 6. David Miller surrendered just one game in winning his match at No. 4 singles. All four Whitman players are freshmen.

The Missionaries, now 13-6 on the season and 10-1 against NWC opponents, advance to a semifinal showdown at 5 p.m. today against Linfield. The Wildcats, seeded No. 3 in the tournament, also breezed through their opening round match, beating Whitworth, moving to 9-9 on the season and 9-2 in conference action.

Earlier this season, Whitman edged Linfield 4-3 in a match played in McMinnville, Ore. The Wildcats won the next day against Whitworth but then skidded to five consecutive losses.

National poll results released today by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association show Whitman rising to No. 15 in NCAA Div. III. Whitman is the only NWC school listed in the men's Top 25.

Singles

No. 1 -- Steven Ly (Whitman) def. Scott Carruthers: 6-0, 6-0
No. 2 -- Robbie Munday (Whitman) def. Ben Judson: 6-0, 6-3
No. 3 - Phalkun Mam (Whitman) def. Tom Chewerda: 6-0, 6-0
No. 4 - David Miller (Whitman) def. Eric Yukumoto: 6-1, 6-0
No. 5 - Sam Spiegel (Whitman) def. Ashten Kawabe: 6-1, 6-1
No. 6 - Dane Miller (Whitman) def. Justin Silva: 6-0, 6-0

Doubles

No. 1 -- David Miller/Munday (Whitman) def. Carruthers/Judson: 8-0
No. 2 -- Mam/Ly (Whitman) def. Chewerda/Yukumoto: 8-0
No. 3 -- Dane Miller/Brad Changstrom (Whitman) def. Kyle Tomita/Kawabe: 8-0


Northwest Conference Championships

Semifinals:
Friday, April 16
Whitman 7, Linfield 0
Yakima (Wash.) Tennis Club

With its handful of freshmen showing ever greater confidence, the Whitman men's tennis team blanked Linfield 7-0 Friday evening in the semifinals of the Northwest Conference Championships, taking place at the Yakima (Wash.) Tennis Club.

Winning its fifth straight match, Whitman ran its record to 14-6 on the season and 11-1 against NWC opponents. Linfield dropped to 9-10 overall and 9-3 in conference matches.

Whitman, ranked No. 15 nationally in a poll released today, advances to play Pacific Lutheran in Saturday's championship final. That match starts at noon.

Pacific Lutheran, which isn't ranked in the Top 25 nationally, advanced on Friday by beating Willamette 7-0 and downing Puget Sound 6-1.

"Our guys are playing very well right now, and with a lot of confidence," Whitman coach Jeff Northam said. "It's been amazing to watch the freshmen mature as this season played out. They were a little unsure of themselves early in the season, but that is no longer the case. There is no comparing our level of play from then until now."

Whitman grabbed the early 1-0 lead against Linfield, winning the doubles point by winning two of three matches in doubles. Linfield juniors Tim Laymam and Brian Mullin edged Missionary freshmen David Miller and Robbie Munday by an 8-6 score in No. 1 doubles, but Whitman prevailed in the two remaining matches. Freshmen Steven Ly and Phalkun Mam won 8-4 in No. 2 doubles, and freshman Dane Miller teamed with junior Brad Changstrom for a 9-8 victory at No. 3, winning the tie-breaker 8-6.

Changstrom and Miller trailed 7-4 in their doubles match before mounting a winning rally. "That comeback by Dane and Brad set the tone for the rest of the match," Northam said.

In singles, the first three decisions fell in Whitman's favor, clinching the Missionary victory. Twin brothers David Miller at No. 4 and Dane Miller at No. 6, along with freshman Phalkun Mam at No. 3, all won in straight sets to give Whitman an insurmountable 4-0 lead in the team scoring. Mam fell behind 5-2 in his second set before winning five consecutive games to seal his win.

Sam Spiegel, the lone senior on Whitman's roster, won in straight sets at No. 5 singles. Ly at No. 1 and Munday at No. 2 completed the shutout with three-set victories in their matches. After failing to capitalize on a match point in his second set, Munday rolled to a 6-2 victory in the deciding third set.

Earlier this season, Whitman squeaked past Linfield 4-3 in a match played in McMinnville, Ore. A week earlier, Whitman lost by the same score to Pacific Lutheran, although the Missionaries were not at full strength for that match.

Singles

No. 1 -- Steven Ly (Whitman) def. Tim Layman: 7-6, 3-6, 1-0 (10-3)
No. 2 -- Robbie Munday (Whitman) def. Jack Fleming: 6-1, 6-7, 6-2
No. 3 -- Phalkun Mam (Whitman) def. Erik Janssen: 6-3, 7-5
No. 4 -- David Miller (Whitman) def. Brian Mullin: 7-5, 6-2
No. 5 -- Sam Spiegel (Whitman) def. Chris Rivera: 6-3, 6-2
No. 6 -- Dane Miller (Whitman) def. John Yates: 6-4, 6-2

Doubles

No. 1 -- Mullin/Layman (Linfield) def. David Miller/Munday: 8-6
No. 2 -- Ly/Mam (Whitman) def. Janssen/Fleming: 8-4
No. 3 -- Dane Miller/Brad Changstrom (Whitman) def. Nick Baker/Rivera: 9-8 (8-6)


Northwest Conference Championships

Championship Match:
Saturday, April 17
Whitman 5, Pacific Lutheran 2
Yakima (Wash.) Tennis Club

Winning five of six matches in singles, the Whitman men's tennis team captured its first Northwest Conference title in four years with a 5-2 victory over Pacific Lutheran Saturday afternoon in the finals of the conference tournament at the Yakima (Wash.) Tennis Club.

In pushing its late-season winning streak to six, Whitman improved to 15-6 on the season and 12-1 against NWC opponents. Ranked No. 15 nationally in NCAA Div. III and No. 5 in the West Region, Whitman is all but assured of a berth in the NCAA regional playoffs.

Sam Spiegel, the only senior on the Whitman roster, was one of the five Missionaries to win in singles. The other winners, all freshmen, were Robbie Munday, Phalkum Mam and twin brothers David and Dane Miller. A fifth Whitman freshman, Steven Ly, lost a tough three-set decision at No. 1 singles.

Pacific Lutheran took the early 1-0 lead in the team scoring by staging rallies to win two of the three matches in doubles. "Losing the doubles point the way we did was just a little demoralizing," Whitman coach Jeff Northam said. "But it was great to see the guys bounce back the way they did in singles. Sam and Dane won their matches very quickly, which helped give the rest of the team a spark."

Spiegel won 6-1, 6-0 at No. 5 singles, while Dane Miller breezed to a 6-0, 6-0 victory at No. 6. "Our matches were over fairly quickly, so we got to watch the others finish," Spiegel said. "It was exciting to see our guys battling and winning. We played well in singles."

Munday at No. 2 and David Miller at No. 4 were the next Missionaries to polish off victories, extending Whitman's lead to 4-1.

Mam then clinched the team victory by closing out Pacific Lutheran senior Luke Roloff 7-6, 6-3 at No. 3 singles. "Phalkun sealed the deal for us, but that was a hard-fought match," Northam said. "Roloff has been a conference champion and team lader for PLU, so that was a great win for Phalkun."

Mam is now 16-3 on the season in singles, which includes a perfect 11-0 mark against NWC opponents. Munday is also undefeated in 11 NWC singles matches.

"This wasn't an easy win at all today," Northam said. "PLU played very well. They have a very good team."

Saturday's victory avenged Whitman's only loss this season to a conference opponent. The Missionaries fell 4-3 in early March to Pacific Lutheran in a match that was the first competition of the spring for Spiegel and Dane Miller. Both players had missed the team's first six matches.

Whitman responded to the PLU loss by winning 11 of its last 14 matches. "Even though we have five freshmen playing key roles, I knew this team had a chance to be very good," Northam said. "But I really can't say they exceeded my expectations. Our team goals at the beginning of the season were to win 15 matches, to beat Linfield and Pacific Lutheran, and to put ourselves in position for the NCAA post-season. They've done all of those things. They have definitely risen to the occasion. They have gotten better every single weekend of the season."

In voting by NWC coaches, three Missionaries -- Ly, Munday and Mam -- earned All-NWC First-Team Honors. Dane Miller received All-NWC Second Team recognition, and Northam was named Coach of the Year for men's tennis. Northam received the same award when his Missionaries won the 2000 NWC title.

Ly and Mam gave Whitman its only victory in doubles, winning 8-4 at No. 2. David Miller and Munday got off to a good start at No. 1 doubles, building a 6-4 lead, but PLU's Matt Larimore and Roloff took four straight games to win 8-6.

In No. 3 doubles, Dane Miller and junior Brad Changstrom failed to capitalize on two match points in the tie-breaker before losing 9-8 (8-6).

In winning its 15th match Saturday, Whitman pulled even in the victory column with the 1987-88 Missionary team that finished with a 15-7 record in dual matches. Northam was a senior on that team.

The NCAA regional playoffs are slated for May 1-2. The West Region playoffs will include five teams, with two of those teams advancing to the eight-team national championship tournament.

"We're not sure how soon we might hear from the NCAA," Northam said.

Singles

No. 1 -- Matt Larimore (PLU) def. Steven Ly: 6-0, 3-6, 6-4
No. 2 -- Robbie Munday (Whitman) def. Ben Schaefer: 6-4, 6-1
No. 3 -- Phalkun Mam (Whitman) def. Luke Roloff: 7-6, 6-3
No. 4 -- David Miller (Whitman) def. Erik Husa: 6-1, 7-6
No. 5 -- Sam Spiegel (Whitman) def. Jeff Loranger: 6-1, 6-0
No. 6 -- Dane Miller (Whitman) def. Boyd Massie: 6-0, 6-0

Doubles

No. 1 -- Larimore/Roloff (PLU) def. David Miller/Munday: 8-6
No. 2 -- Mam/Ly (Whitman) def. Schaefer/Uylango: 8-4
No. 3 -- Husa/Loranger (PLU) def. Dane Miller/Brad Changstrom: 9-8 (8-6)


NCAA Div. III West Region Championships

Trinity 5, Whitman 0
Sunday, May 2
Trinity University,
San Antonio, Texas

Trinity put its home-court advantage and distinct edge in collegiate experience to good use Sunday, handing a young Whitman men's tennis a 5-0 defeat in the opening round of the NCAA Div. III national playoffs.

Trinity, a long-time tennis powerhouse in the Southwest, advances to the eight-team NCAA Div. III National Team Championships, set for May 11-12 at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. Whitman, which took five freshmen into the national playoffs, ended its season with a 15-7 record.

"I'm not sure why, but we got off to a slow start in all of our matches, in doubles as well as singles," Whitman coach Jeff Northam said. "It's not that we played poorly. Trinity just played exceptionally well. Their coach said they played their best tennis of the season today."

"Trinity has a lot of recent experience at this level," Northam added. "Three of their top six players are (returning) All-Americans."

In contrast, Whitman had five freshmen playing in the six singles slots. "I don't think there's ever been a team take five freshmen into the national playoffs," Northam said. "I'm tremendously proud of this bunch of guys. I'm not sure I could have asked for anything more. Obviously, it would have been nice to win today, but all things considered, I'm tickled plum to death. What a great season this team has had."

Trinity, ranked No. 4 in the West Region and No. 9 nationally, swept the three doubles matches to take the early 1-0 lead in the team scoring. Senior Sean Fifield and junior Stefan Parker, who won last fall's ITA national doubles title, scored an 8-5 victory over Whitman freshmen David Miller and Robbie Munday in the No. 1 doubles match. Junior Jordan Taillon and sophomore Jeremy Stone were 8-6 winners at No. 2 doubles, beating two more Whitman freshmen, Steven Ly and Phalkun Mam. Junior Nick Kaloudis and freshman D.J. Petros completed the sweep at No. 3 doubles, downing Missionary freshman Dane Miller and junior Brad Changstrom by an 8-3 score.

At No. 1 singles, Fifield, a three-time All-American, rolled to a straight-sets victory over Ly. Sam Spiegel, Whitman's only senior, and Dane Miller lost by the same scores at No. 5 and No. 6 singles. Whitman's Mam fell 6-1, 6-4 at No. 3 singles, failing to capitalize on a break point late in the second set.

With Trinity holding an insurmountable 5-0 lead, two of the singles matches were not completed. At No. 2 singles, Trinity's Taillon won the first set and was tied at 3-3 with Whitman's Munday when that match was suspended. Trinity's Parker won his first set with Whitman's David Miller 6-4, but Miller was up 4-3 in the second set when their match was suspended.

"David was up 4-1 at one point in his second set, and he assures me he was going to win that match," Northam said. "Robbie was also hanging tough in his match, and Phalkun came close to forcing a third set in his match. We had a few bright spots."

Despite Sunday's loss, Whitman finished its season with its greatest number of dual match victories in 16 years. In the most recent ITA polls, Whitman was ranked No. 5 in the West Region and No. 15 nationally.

Trinity is one of two West Region teams that will advance to the NCAA National Championship Tournament. The other is the University of California-Santa Cruz, which blitzed Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 7-0 earlier today to claim the region's other berth.

Trinity, which won its last NCAA national team title in 2000, has captured 11 consecutive Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference titles. The Tigers lost in the quarterfinals of last year's national tournament.

Singles

No. 1 -- Sean Fifield (Trinity) def. Steven Ly: 6-2, 6-2
No. 2 -- Jordan Taillon (Trinity) vs. Robbie Munday: Tallion leading 6-3, 3-3, not finished
No. 3 -- Nick Kaloudis (Trinity) def. Phalkun Mam: 6-1, 6-4
No. 4 -- Stefan Parker (Trinity) vs. David Miller: Miller leading 6-4, 3-4, not finished
No. 5 -- D.J. Petros (Trinity) def. Sam Spiegel: 6-2, 6-2
No. 6 -- David Mertz (Trinity) def. Dane Miller: 6-2, 6-2

Doubles

No. 1 -- Fifield/Parker (Trinity) def. David Miller/Munday: 8-5
No. 2 -- Taillon/Jeremy Stone (Trinity) def. Ly/Mam: 8-6
No. 3 -- Kaloudis/Petros (Trinity) def. Dane Miller/Brad Changstrom: 8-3