Sluggish Men's Tennis Team Bounces Back to Beat Bruins

News Release Date:
Saturday, March 10

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Bouncing back from a sluggish start in doubles, Whitman College won five of six decisions in singles to post a 6-3 men's tennis victory over George Fox in a Saturday match that started in Newberg, Ore., and finished in Vancouver, Wash.

  Whitman 6,
  George Fox 3

Match Scores

Whitman, which holds a No. 8 national ranking but was playing for the first time in two weeks, improved to 8-3 on the season and 4-0 in the Northwest Conference.

The loss dropped George Fox to 5-6 overall and 4-2 in the NWC.

Jeff Tolman

The match started on the George Fox outdoor campus courts with the Bruins getting the early jump, winning two of three decisions in doubles.

Junior Jeff Tolman and sophomore Andrew La Cava had no trouble at No. 2 doubles, winning 8-2.

But senior Conor Holton-Burke and junior Matt Tesmond came up short at No. 1 doubles, losing 8-6 to Preston Mann and Shawn Aldrich. And junior Sam Sadeghi and freshman James Rivers got rolled at No. 3, falling 8-1 to Drew Milton and David Munoz.

Andrew La Cava

Senior Adriel Borshanksy evened the team score at 2-2 with a quick 6-1, 6-0 victory at No. 5 singles, but with rain falling, the match then moved indoors to Club Green Meadows in Vancouver for completion of singles.

The match stayed even at 3-3 as Rivers won 6-2, 6-3 at No. 4 singles but Holton-Burke lost 4-6, 6-0, 10-5 at No. 3.

Whitman pulled away from there by winning the last three matches in singles.

La Cava beat Mann 6-3, 6-3 at No. 1 singles while Tolman knocked off Aldrich 6-2, 6-4 in the No. 2 spot. Sophomore Steven Roston got the final team point, downing Munoz 6-2, 7-5 at No. 6.

The win was Whitman's second victory of the season over the Bruins. Whitman shut out George Fox 9-0 in early February in Walla Walla.

After the win, Whitman headed to Forest Grove, Ore., to play a second Saturday match against Pacific.

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