Whit Men's Tennis Team Stretches Win Streak to 14 Matches

News Release Date:
Sunday, March 18

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Two years ago coach Jeff Northam watched his Whitman College men's tennis team reach a new single-season high-water mark with 13 straight victories.

Northam, now in his 18th campaign at the Whitman helm, saw his 2012 squad set a new standard on Sunday, winning 8-1 at Whittier for a 14th consecutive regular season triumph.

  Whitman 8,
  Whittier 1

 Match Scores

Andrew La Cava

Whitman, ranked No. 1 in the West Region and No. 7 nationally, is in California on a brief three-match Spring Break trip.

The victory over Whittier keeps Whitman undefeated against other NCAA Division III schools and extended its overall record this spring to 14-3.

Whittier, No. 7 in the west and No. 17 nationally, saw its season record fall to 6-3.

The Whitman-Whittier match, which took four hours and 30 minutes to complete, was scheduled for Saturday but pushed back to Sunday because of heavy rain.

After winning two of three matches in doubles, Whitman got quick wins at No. 2 and No. 5 singles to grab a 4-1 lead in the team scoring. The remaining four matches in singles all went to three sets with Whitman winning all four.

"Singles was an absolute battle," Whitman coach Jeff Northam said.

Sophomore Andrew La Cava captured one of the three-set battles, outlasting Julian Seneviratne 7-6 (7-2), 3-6, 6-1 at No. 1 singles, and senior Conor Holton-Burke rallied for a 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 victory over Chris Schommer at No. 3.

Jeff Tolman

Freshman James Rivers bounced back from a slow start at No. 4 singles to beat Matthew Herron 2-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-4, and senior Adriel Borshansky survived at No. 6 with a razor-thin 6-4, 6-7 (4-7), 7-6 (7-3) victory over Shogo Shimizu.

Junior Jeff Tolman had an easier time at No. 2 singles, downing Patricio Carregha 6-2, 6-4, and junior Sam Sadeghi won 6-1, 6-4 at No. 5 at the expense of Andrew Hansen.

"There is something about this year's Whitman team," Northam said. "All of the guys work hard and compete incredibly hard. As a coach it's an amazing feeling to see the guys support each other at every spot."

At No. 2 doubles, Tolman and La Cava clipped Schommer and Hansen 8-4 while Sadeghi and Rivers rolled over Herron and Shimizu 8-3 at No. 3.

Whittier salvaged a team point at No. 1 doubles, where Seneviratne and Carregha notched an 8-4 victory over Holton-Burke and junior Matt Tesmond.

Whitman had little time to celebrate its latest victory, however, or even recover from its long battle with Whittier.

Northam & Co. are back on the Whittier courts to battle Connecticut's Trinity College, which boasts a No. 19 national ranking. That match was slated to start at 4:30 p.m.

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