PLU Pair Outlasts Whit Duo in ITA Doubles

News Release Date:
Monday, September 28

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Pacific Lutheran's Joel Trudel and Justin Peterson outlasted Whitman's top-seeded Matt Solomon and Jeffrey Tolman 6-3, 7-5 Monday afternoon to win the doubles title of the annual Wilson/ITA Pacific Northwest Fall Championships.

Trudel and Peterson, the No. 2 seeds in the doubles bracket, used service breaks late in each set to take home the title.

Matt Solomon (left), Jeffrey Tolman

With the first set even at 3-3, the two Lutes won the next three games, twice breaking Whitman serves. 

With set two on serve and Pacific Lutheran up 6-5, the match turned a final time in favor of the Lutes. Solomon and Tolman staved off two match points and were one point away from winning the game and sending the set to a tie-breaker.

But Trudel and Peterson, two talented and battle-tested seniors, won the next three points to capture the set and match. They sailed through the two sets without once losing their serve.

The outcome was the end of a long day for Solomon, a senior, and Tolman, a freshman. Both played two singles matches earlier in the day as that portion of the tournament drew to a close. 

After Solomon won his singles semifinal in straight sets and Tolman won his two-set semifinal in 7-6 tie-breakers, Solomon got past his younger teammate in three sets for the singles title. A visibly exhausted Tolman had trouble finishing the third set of the singles title match.

After a one-hour break -- time that Tolman spent in the Whitman training room -- the two Whitman players returned to the court for the doubles final.

Solomon, Trudel and Peterson, as the tournament's singles and doubles champions, advance to the ITA's Small College Championships, set for Oct. 15-18 in Mobile, Ala.

Tournament website, complete results

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CONTACT: Dave Holden
Sports Information Director
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
509 527-5902; holden@whitman.edu