WALLA WALLA - A trio of Whitman College tennis players, seniors Matt Solomon and Nadeem Kassam and freshman Jeff Tolman, will compete this weekend in the NCAA Division III portion of California's 110th Annual Ojai Valley Tennis Tournament.
Solomon, the No. 4 seed in the singles bracket, gets a first-round bye and then plays at 1:30 p.m. Friday in the round of 32.
Solomon's opponent will be the winner of a first-round match between Whittier's Julian Seneviratne, who plays in the No. 2 slot for the Poets, and Silvio Chiba, who plays No. 4 for defending NCAA DIII national champion UC-Santa Cruz.
If he wins his first match, Solomon will advance to Saturday morning's round of 16.
Kassam opens at 8 a.m. Friday with a first-round match against Aron Morrill, who plays No. 5 singles for Santa Cruz.
Tolman, one of the No. 9 seeds in the singles bracket, faces Pomona-Pitzer's Frankie Allinson in Friday's 8 a.m. first-round. Allinson plays No. 3 for the Sagehens.
Both Kassam and Tolman will need to win two singles matches on Friday to advance to Saturday.
Kassam and Tolman are also entered in the doubles bracket. They play a first-round match at 3 p.m. Friday against Mac Cahill and Alex Johnson, who play for Claremont-Mudd-Scripps.
The tournament is played on more than 100 courts at 30-plus locations throughout western Ventura County.
The Whitman men's tennis team recently won its third straight Northwest Conference championship.
and earned an automatic berth in next month's NCAA DIII national championship field by winning last weekend's NWC postseason tournament.