Men's Tennis Finishes Sixth Straight Undefeated NWC Season
News Release Date:
Saturday, April 14
WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- The runaway freight train that is the Whitman College men's tennis team knocked another opponent off the tracks Saturday morning, beating visiting Lewis & Clark 8-1 to complete its sixth consecutive undefeated Northwest Conference regular season.
After elevating its season record to 19-3 (12-0 NWC), Whitman headed to Idaho to play a late afternoon non-conference match against NAIA powerhouse Lewis-Clark State.
Saturday's victory over Lewis & Clark stretched Whitman's winning streak this spring to 19 matches. The loss dropped Lewis & Clark is 2-10 in the NWC and 3-11 overall.
Whitman, No. 8 in the NCAA Division III national rankings, rolled to a sweep in the opening round of doubles and then took five of six decisions in singles.
Senior Conor Holton-Burke and junior Matt Tesmond raced to 8-2 win at No. 1 doubles, beating Olivier Groot and Quinn Roth-Carter.
Junior Jeff Tolman and sophomore Andrew La Cava were a bit more dominant at No. 2 doubles, dispatching Carter Gee-Taylor and Cole Pfeifer by an 8-1 margin.
The match was more competitive at No. 3 doubles, where junior Sam Sadeghi and freshman James Rivers squeezed past Scott Monismith and Christian Stanbrook 8-6.
Lewis & Clark tallied its lone team point at No. 1 singles, where Olivier Groot got past sophomore Steven Roston 6-4, 6-2.
Senior Adriel Borshansky continued his near perfect spring season, rolling to a 6-0, 7-5 victory over Gee-Taylor at No. 2 singles.
Tesmond won 6-3, 6-1 at No. 3 singles, downing Roth-Carter, and freshman Colton Malesovas cruised to a a 6-0, 6-1 win over Monismith at No. 4.
Sophomore Dylan Bodet survived a battle at No. 5 singles, edging Pfeifer 6-2, 1-6, 10-3. Sophomore Atanas Atanasov was a 6-1, 6-0 winner over Lucas Fodor at No. 6 singles.
Whitman, ranked No. 1 in the West Region, has yet to lose to NCAA DIII team this season, in or out of the NWC.
Whitman, which suffered it last loss in the NWC regular season in April of 2006, has won 90 straight matches since then.
Whitman, which already clinched a fifth straight conference title, hosts a four-team NWC post-season tournament next Saturday and Sunday.
The winner of that tournament gets the NWC's automatic berth in the NCAA DIII national championship tournament.
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CONTACT: Dave Holden
Sports Information Director
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
509 527-5902; firstname.lastname@example.org