Men's Tennis Throttles Loggers, Holton-Burke Joins Century Club
News Release Date:
Saturday, February 25
WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- With senior ace Conor Holton-Burke joining the Century Club, Whitman College cruised to a one-sided 9-0 Northwest Conference men's tennis victory over Puget Sound on Saturday in the Bratton Tennis Center.
Holton-Burke, the reigning NWC Player of the Year, shared in a doubles victory and then collected his 100th career triumph with a 6-2, 6-1 win against Michael Cutter at No. 1 singles.
Holton-Burke is the 16th Whitman player to reach 100 career wins and the first since 2010 graduates Matt Solomon and Christoph Fuchs.
Whitman, now 3-0 in the NWC and 7-3 overall, surrendered just 17 games in sweeping the opening three matches in doubles and the six encounters in singles that followed.
The loss dropped Puget to 0-3 in conference and 0-4 on the season.
Freshman Colton Malesovas had the honor of teaming with Holton-Burke for his 99th career win, which came with an 8-2 victory over George Murphy and John Stevens at No. 2 doubles.
Junior Jeff Tolman and sophomore Andrew La Cava got the win at No. 1 doubles, handing Cutter and Ben Miller an 8-2 setback.
Sophomore transfer Dylan Bodet got into his first match of the spring season, joining junior Sam Sadeghi for an 8-0 shutout of Jake Peterson and Michael Tieu at No. 3 doubles.
Other Whitman winners in singles included freshman James Rivers, who cruised past Miller 6-1, 6-0 at No. 2, and senior Adriel Borshansky, who glided past Abe Noyes 6-2, 6-1 at No. 4.
In his first singles match of the spring, Bodet rolled to a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Peterson in the No. 6 slot.
Malesovas knocked off Stevens 6-0, 6-2 at No. 5 while Sadeghi dispatched Murphy 6-2, 6-0 at No. 3.
Saturday's victory stretched Whitman's NWC regular season winning streak to 81 matches. Its last conference loss during the regular season came in April of 2006.
Whitman has won the last four NWC championships and is a heavy favorite to make it five straight this spring.
Whitman's next match is an exhibition against Spokane Community College on Wednesday, March 7, starting at 4:30 p.m.
The next NWC matches for Whitman are March 10-12 in western Oregon. It will play George Fox, Pacific, Linfield and Lewis & Clark.
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Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
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