Men's Tennis Posts Season's 8th Shutout
News Release Date:
Friday, April 2
WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Posting its eighth shutout of the spring season, the Whitman College men's tennis team blanked Pacific University 9-0 Friday afternoon in the Bratton Tennis Center.
Playing inside because of wet, windy weather, Whitman ran its Northwest Conference record to 13-0 (15-4 overall). The Boxers slipped to 3-9 in conference and 4-10 on the season.
Whitman, which rose to No. 21 earlier this week in the latest NCAA DIII national rankings, plays its final home match of the season when it hosts Linfield at 1 p.m. Saturday.
By beating Linfield and then taking two at Whitworth a week from Sunday, Whitman can wrap up its fourth consecutive 16-0 NWC regular season.
Prior to Friday's match, Whitman coach Jeff Northam honored the seven seniors on his roster who have yet to drop a regular season decision to an NWC team in their four years at Whitman.
After Whitman won all three matches in doubles to put Pacific in an early hole, six seniors completed the sweep with straight-set victories in singles. The only senior who didn't play Friday was Jake Cappel, who is nursing an injury.
Matt Solomon paced the Whitman rout with a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Michael Okada at No. 1 singles. Solomon and junior teammate Etienne Moshevich were winners at No. 1 doubles, beating Spencer Hing and Patrick Kinghorn by an 8-2 count.
Christoph Fuchs, another of the Whitman seniors, got past Hing 6-4, 6-3 at No. 2 singles and teamed with junior Quin Miller for an 8-5 victory over Okada and Eric Furuya at No. 2 doubles.
Nadeem Kassam was Whitman's senior winner at No. 3 singles, where he dispatched Furuya 6-1, 6-3. Kassam and freshman Jeff Tolman posted an 8-2 triumph at No. 3 doubles against Pacific's Hector Alcayde and Scott Kawamura.
Completing Whitman's senior slam in singles were Jasper Follows at No. 4, Thomas Roston at No. 5 and David Deming at No. 6.
Friday's triumph stretches Whitman's NWC regular season winning streak to 63 matches.
By beating Linfield Saturday, Whitman can clinch a share of the conference title as well as the top seed in NWC post-season tournament. The winner of the tournament earns an automatic berth in the NCAA DIII national championship tournament.
Pacific travels to Spokane, Wash., Saturday to play Whitworth in a 1 p.m. match.
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Sports Information Director
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
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