Close Wins in Singles Lift Lords Over Whits
News Release Date:
Friday, March 11
WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- In a match that was much closer than the final score indicates, Whitman College dropped an 8-1 non-conference men's tennis decision to Kenyon College Friday morning at the Stag-Hen Invitational at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in Claremont, Calif.
Kenyon, No. 7 in the NCAA Division III national ranks, ran its season record to 7-2 but had its hands full with the 19th-ranked Missionaries, especially in singles.
Whitman, playing the first of its six Spring Break matches, notched its lone team point at No. 4 singles, where sophomore Jeff Tolman rallied for a 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 victory over Kevin Ye.
Two other matches in singles were decided in three sets, although it was the Lords winning both of those battles.
Whitman senior Etienne Moshevich lost 6-1, 6-7, 10-6 at No. 3 singles, falling to C.J. Williams.
At No. 6 singles, sophomore Adriel Borshansky lost 7-6, 2-6, 10-7 to Austin Griffin.
The top two singles matches were also nip and tuck.
Whitman junior Conor Holton-Burke lost 6-4, 7-6 to Jeremy Polster at No. 1 while Missionary sophomore Andrew La Cava was on the wrong end of a 6-3, 7-6 score at No. 2, losing to Paul Burgin.
The Lords also won at No. 5 singles, where Jake Matthews got the best of Whitman senior Chris Bailey 6-1, 6-0.
Kenyon, which posted victories earlier in the season over No. 8 Carnegie Mellon and No. 17 Chicago, was playing the third match of its Spring Break trip.
"Kenyon is a obviously a very good team," Whitman coach Jeff Northam said. "They had been here a few days and were ready to go. We didn't get off to a good start in doubles, but we played better in singles.
"It's not often that we get the chance to play Top 10 teams on a neutral court. This was good experience for our guys."
Whitman dropped all three opening matches in doubles by 8-4 scores. Missionary duos went up a break at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles, taking early 3-1 leads, but their Kenyon counterparts bounced back to take charge.
At No. 2 doubles, Moshevich and Tolman lost to Griffin and Burgin. Whitman senior Quin Miller and sophomore teammate Matt Tesmond took the loss at No. 3, coming up short against Matthews and Ye.
Polster and Williams got the win for Kenyon at No. 1 doubles, beating Holton-Burke and La Cava.
Whitman, the three-time defending Northwest Conference champion, wraps up the two-day invitational at 10 a.m. Saturday against Trinity (Texas) University, which brings a No. 9 national ranking to the courts.
After Saturday's match, Whitman plays three more Spring Break matches next week against Texas-Tyler, Bowdoin and Cal Lutheran.
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Sports Information Director
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
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