Whit Men First Years Start Careers Off Right at USTA/ITA Fall Regional

Friday, Sep 21, 2012

BEAVERTON, OR- A trio of Whitman first-years started the season off on a winning note for the Whitman men's tennis team in the USTA/ITA Fall Regional tournament at the Tualatin Hills Tennis Center this evening. With the main draw matches starting tomorrow morning, dozens of players from every conference team met up this afternoon to battle for the last remaining spots in the singles and doubles main draw.

First year Hunter Nelson (Shoreline, WA) started the festivities with an 8-2 win over Lewis and Clark's Nick Koenen before punching his ticket into the main draw with a resounding 6-1, 6-0 victory over Whitworth's Troy Patterson.

Fellow Washingtonian Alex Noyes (Covington, WA) had to wait an hour to start his college career, as he received a default in his opening round of qualifying before topping Cole Pfeiffer of Lewis and Clarke 6-1, 6-1 to earn his spot in the main draw.

The last Whitman first year to hit the courts, Noah Lee (Forestville, CA) wasted little time in notching a 6-0, 6-0 win over Whitworth's Matt Goebel to earn his spot in the main draw. All three Whitman netters will enter the tournament opposite seeded opponents. Nelson and Noyes both drew 2012 all-NWC second teamers 8th-seeded Shawn Aldrich of George Fox University and 9th-seeded Giancarlo Battaglia of Pacific University, respectively. Meanwhile, Lee will faceoff against two-time first team all-NWC selection Josh Wong of Willamette.

The three first years will join their eight teammates in the singles main draw, as Whitman looks to keep a streak of five consecutive singles championships alive. Whitman junior Andrew La Cava (Bellevue, WA) is the defending champion.

After singles competition finished for the night, Noyes returned to the court with partner Will Huskey (Auburn, CA) to earn a spot in the doubles main draw with a 8-1 win over University of Puget Sound's #4 doubles team. They will join four other Whitman teams in the main draw, as the Missionaries look to continue their recent dominance in this tournament. Last year, Whitman monopolized the four semifinal spots. The winners of the both doubles tournament earn berths into the USTA/ITA Fall National tournament in Mobile, AL.