NAIA-Ranked Warriors Edge Whit Men's Tennis Team 5-4
News Release Date:
Friday, February 10
WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Lewis-Clark State, ranked No. 20 nationally in the NAIA Division I ranks, slipped past the Whitman College men's tennis team 5-4 Friday afternoon to open the Whitman College Shootout in the Bratton Tennis Center.
Whitman, ranked No. 29 nationally in NCAA Division III, is 0-2 on the season. It dropped its opener to NCAA DI Eastern Washington University late last month in Cheney.
LCSC, now 4-1 on its season, grabbed an early 2-1 lead in the opening round of doubles.
Whitman notched its doubles point in the No. 1 slot, where senior Conor Holton-Burke and junior teammate Matt Tesmond were 8-3 winners over Cesar Uauy, a senior fron Santiago, Spain, and Ivan Kjijanto, a junior from Jakarta, Indonesia.
At No. 2 doubles, junior Jeff Tolman and sophomore Andrew La Cava turned aside four match points before finally dropping a 9-8 (7-5) decision to LCSC sophomores Anders Tischer (Gruenberg, Germany) and Sam Tozer (Adelaide, Australia).
The visiting Warriors picked off another close decision at No. 3 doubles, where senior Benjamin Robert (Noumea, New Caledonia) and junior Lincoln Gay (The Dalles, Ore.) posted an 8-6 victory over Whitman sophomores Steven Roston and Will Huskey.
LCSC then clinched the team victory by winning three of the first four decisions in singles. With the Warriors ahead 5-2, Whitman won the final two matches in singles to complete the scoring.
Krijanto scrambled past Holton-Burke 7-6 (7-3), 6-1 at No. 1 singles while Uauy clipped Roston 7-6 (8-6), 6-1 at No. 4. Roston rallied from an 0-4 deficit in the first set -- and had a set point -- before Uauy closed out his win.
James Rivers, a Whitman freshman, outlasted Tischer for a 6-4, 1-6, 7-5 victory at No. 2 singles, but Tozer notched the clinching fifth team point with a 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 triumph over senior Adriel Borshansky at No. 3.
Huskey at No. 5 singles and freshman Colton Malesovas at No. 6 won the final two matches for Whitman.
Huskey rallied past Benjamin 2-6, 6-3, 10-6 while Malesovas beat Gay 6-4, 2-6, 10-7.
LCSC stayed on the courts to play a second match against UC-Santa Cruz, which holds a No. 6 national ranking in NCAA DIII.
Three more matches are set for Saturday.
After Whitman and the University of Montana play at 9 a.m., Montana stays on the courts to battle UC-Santa Cruz at 1 p.m. The day ends with a 6 p.m. match between Whitman and Santa Cruz.
Sunday's action pits Santa Cruz against George Fox at 9 a.m. Whitman and George Fox then play a Northwest Conference counter at noon.
Whitman, the defending four-time NWC champion, has won its last 78 regular season matches against conference foes.
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CONTACT: Dave Holden
Sports Information Director
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
509 527-5902; firstname.lastname@example.org