Solomon Aces NWC Men's Tennis Honor

News Release Date:
Tuesday, March 16, 2010

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Whitman College senior Matt Solomon, after knocking off two of the best players in the Northwest Conference, has been named NWC Student-Athlete of the Week for men's tennis.

     Matt Solomon

Solomon, who plays No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles, ratcheted his game into high gear last Friday with a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Pacific Lutheran senior Joel Trudel, the reigning NWC Player of the Year.

Solomon, who netted Player of the Year honors two years ago as a sophomore, took a one-semester leave of absence from Whitman last spring to play Division I tennis at Boise State.

In Friday's 9-0 victory over Pacific Lutheran, Solomon also teamed with junior Etienne Moshevich for a 9-8 (7-4) victory at No. 1 doubles.

Whitman posted another shutout on Saturday against Puget Sound, but with coach Jeff Northam using more of his deep roster, Solomon played doubles only. Solomon and senior Jasper Follows posted an 8-4 victory at No. 1 doubles.

On Sunday, Solomon pinned a 6-1, 6-1 defeat on talented Willamette freshman Michael Baumgartner. Solomon and Moshevich also cruised to an 8-1 win at No. 1 doubles.

Solomon, who is ranked No. 3 in the West Region and No. 11 nationally, notched another big win on Monday, beating Linfield's No. 1 player, Mark Magdaong, but that match was not considered for last week's award. 

Whitman, the two-time defending NWC champion, split its squad in two Monday and beat both Linfield and George Fox, taking sole possession of first place with an 11-0 record.  

Whitman has won 61 consecutive NWC regular season matches. Its last loss to a conference foe during the regular season came in April of 2006, the spring before Solomon enrolled at Whitman.

Whitman plays Pacific this afternoon in Forest Grove, Ore., capping a stretch of seven NWC games in five days. 

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CONTACT: Dave Holden
Sports Information Director
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
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