Whitman Men's Tennis Team Falls to DI Gonzaga in Hawaii
News Release Date:
Thursday, January 12
WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- The difference between victory and defeat was a fine one on Thursday as the Whitman College men's tennis team dropped a 6-1 decision to NCAA Division I Gonzaga at Honolulu's Central Oahu Regional Park.
Division III Whitman, in Hawaii for a week of training prior to resumption of classes, fell behind 1-0 after losing two of three highly competitive matches in doubles.
The match was played according to Division I scoring, which allots just one team point to the side winning two (or three) matches in the opening round of doubles.
Whitman won at No. 1 doubles, where senior Conor Holton-Burke and junior Matt Tesmond saved three match points in a 9-8 (7-0) victory over Olivier Jamin, a junior from Bordeaux, France, and Alvaro Nazel, a freshman from Santiago, Chile.
At No. 2 doubles, junior Jeff Tolman and sophomore Andrew La Cava got down a break and lost 8-6 to a pair of Bulldog seniors, Scott Sullivan (Puyallup, Wash.) and Zhia Hwa Chong (Sarawak, Malaysia).
Whitman freshmen James Rivers and Colton Malesovas raced to a 4-1 lead at No. 3 doubles, but junior Levin Guillermo (Walnut, Calif.) and sophomore Muzeen Ismath (Winnipeg, Manitoba) rallied for a 9-7 victory.
Whitman's lone victory in singles came at No. 3, where Tolman was rock solid in in beating Jamin 7-6, 6-4.
Unlike the day before, when it won a pair of three-set battles in beating Division II Hawaii Pacific, Whitman came up a few points short in nail-biters against the Bulldogs.
Sophomore Will Huskey fell 6-2, 5-7, 11-9 to Vladimir Mijatovic, a freshman from Belgrade, Serbia, at No. 4, and Rivers lost 2-6, 6-4, 10-7 to Sullivan at No. 5.
Malesovas nearly forced a third set at No. 6 singles before Chong finished off a 6-1, 7-5 victory.
At the top of singles ladder, La Cava lost 6-4, 6-0 to Nazal while Holton-Burke fell 6-4, 6-0 to Guillermo.
Whitman, ranked No. 29 in the NCAA DIII ranks to start the spring season, drew praise from Gonzaga coach Peter MacDonald after the match.
"That was probably one of the best Whitman teams I have ever seen," he said.
The Whitman contingent returns home on Saturday and resumes classes on Tuesday.
Next up for Whitman is a Jan. 28 date at NCAA DI Eastern Washington in Cheney.
Whitman, the four-time defending Northwest Conference champion, then hosts a talent-rich five-team tournament Feb. 10-12.
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CONTACT: Dave Holden
Sports Information Director
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
509 527-5902; email@example.com