Whitman College senior Matt Solomon's tennis run ends in Ojai

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OJAI, Calif. - Whitman College senior Matt Solomon won his second-round singles match Friday afternoon, but his run through the NCAA Division III singles bracket at the 110th Ojai Valley Tennis Tournament came to an end Saturday afternoon.

After starting Saturday with a three-set victory over Pomona-Pitzer's Uday Singh, Solomon lost 7-6, 6-0 in the quarterfinals to Erich Koeing, who plays for defending national champion UC-Santa Cruz.

Solomon, who was seeded No. 4 in the singles bracket, got started Saturday with a 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 over Singh in the round of 16.

On Friday, Solomon enjoyed a first-round bye and then posted a 6-4, 6-1 victory over Spencer MacColl, a senior at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps.

In other singles action Friday, Whitman freshman Jeffrey Tolman won his first-round match in three sets but then dropped a 6-4, 6-1 decision to Willamette's Josh Wong.

Tolman, who was slowed by leg cramps near the end of his first-round victory, got off to a slow start against Wong, falling behind 4-1. He rallied to within 5-4 before the first set slipped away.

Later in the day, Tolman teamed with Whitman senior Nadeem Kassam to take the final five games in an 8-3 first-round doubles victory over Mac Cahill and Alex Johnson, a doubles duo from Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, the nation's fifth-ranked team.

Unfortunately for Tolman and Kassem, their next opponents were Bryan Pybas and Marc Vartabedian (UC-Santa Cruz), the bracket's No. 2 seed. Down 3-1, Tolman and Kassem were unable to convert three break opportunites and saw their deficit grow to 4-1.

Pybas and Varabedian polished off an 8-3 victory.

The Ojai tournament has numerous junior, collegiate and open brackets. It is played on more than 100 courts at 30-plus locations Ventura County.

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