TACOMA - After struggling through a tough match against Pacific Lutheran earlier in the day, the Whitman College men's tennis team rested several key players but still rolled unchallenged past Puget Sound 9-0 here Saturday afternoon.
Whitman improved to 2-0 in the Northwest Conference and 3-1 overall.
Whitman sophomore Conor Holton-Burke got the start at No. 1 singles, where he downed Mike Cutter 6-1, 6-4.
The most competitive singles match came at No. 4. After winning the first set 6-2, senior Thomas Roston had his hands full in the second, finally subduing Scooter Sabel 7-6 (10-8).
Senior Nadeem Kassam had little trouble at No. 2, winning 6-0, 6-2. Junior Quin Miller had a tougher match at No. 3, where he got past Alex Harrison 6-4, 6-1.
Two Whitman youngsters polished off quick wins at the lower end of the singles ladder. Sophomore Adriel Borshansky won 6-1, 6-0 at No. 5 and freshman Sam Sadeghi was a 6-0, 6-2 winner at No. 6.
The best battle in doubles came at No. 1, where Roston and Holton-Burke squeaked past Cutter and Nick Kelley 9-8.
Miller and Borshansky cruised to an 8-1 victory at No. 2 doubles, and Sadeghi teamed with fellow freshman Matt Tesmond for an 8-2 win at No. 3.
Whitman has just one match set for this weekend. The Missionaries host George Fox at 2 p.m. Saturday.