NEWBERG, Ore. - In a battle of Northwest Conference unbeatens, the Whitman College men's tennis team emerged with a 7-2 victory over Linfield College Monday afternoon in McMinnville, Ore.
As part of its roster was handing Linfield its first conference loss, a second group of Whitman players was rolling to an 8-1 victory over George Fox in Newberg, Ore.
The two split-squad victories leave Whitman in sole possession of first place in the conference standings with an 11-0 record (12-1 overall). The loss dropped Linfield to 8-1 in conference and 8-2 overall.
Whitman, the two-time defending NWC champion, has won its last 61 consecutive regular season matches against conference foes.
Ranked No. 25 nationally in NCAA Division III, Whitman plays Pacific at 4 p.m. today in Forest Grove, completing a string of seven NWC matches in five days, and then heads to California for spring break matches against four other nationally-ranked teams.
Whitman got the early jump against Linfield, winning two of three decisions in doubles. Senior Christoph Fuchs and junior Quin Miller won 8-4 at No. 2, and it was senior Jake Cappel and freshman Jeff Tolman posting an 8-2 at No. 3.
Linfield's Mark Magdaong and Brent Kingzet won the marquee match-up at No. 1 doubles, beating senior Matt Solomon and junior Etienne Moshevich 8-3.
Solomon bounced back nicely at No. 1 singles, bouncing Magdaong 6-2, 6-2.
With Linfield's Kyle Anderson not available due to injury, Tolman drew Tal DeWitt at No. 2 singles and posted a 6-3, 6-1 win.
Other straight-set victors in singles were junior Chris Bailey at No. 3, Moshevich at No. 4, and senior Jasper Follows at No. 6.
Playing at No. 5 singles, Fuchs dropped his first set 6-4 to Matt Levering and then retired with a leg injury.
Meanwhile, in Newberg, Ore., Whitman led 3-0 after the opening doubles, although two of those matches went down to the wire.
At No. 1 doubles, senior Thomas Roston and sophomore Conor Holton-Burke nipped Juan Munoz and Pedro Munoz 8-6.
Sophomore Adriel Borshansky and freshman Matt Tesmond had their hands full at No. 2, finally subduing Scott Barnett and Nick Jenness 9-8 (7-4).
In contrast, it was no contest at No. 3 doubles, where senior David Deming and Sam Sadeghi cruised to an 8-1 triumph.
Sadeghi and Deming added wins in singles. Sadeghi won 6-0, 6-2 at No. 2 while Deming didn't lose a game at No. 6.
Roston got past Jenness 6-4, 6-2 at No. 3, and freshman Matt Tesmond won by the same score at No. 6. Borshansky was a 6-3, 6-2 winner at No. 3 singles.
The Bruins bit off their lone team point at No. 1 singles, where Barnett got past Holton-Burke 7-5, 1-6, 10-8.
Whitman 7, Linfield 2
SINGLES - Matt Solomon, Whit, def. Mark Magdaong, Lin, 6-2, 6-2; Jeff Tolman, Whit, def. Tal DeWitt, Lin, 6-3, 6-1; Chris Bailey, Whit, def. Mitchell Davidson, Lin, 6-1, 6-4; Etienne Moshevich, Whit, def. Brent Kingzett, Lin, 6-1, 6-0; Matt Levering, Lin, def. Christoph Fuchs, Whit, 6-4, retired; Jasper Follows, Whit, def. Cody Levien, Lin, 6-0, 6-3.
DOUBLES - Magdaong-Kingzett , Lin, def. Solomon-Moshevich, Whit, 8-3; Miller-Fuchs, Whit, def. Kauffman-Levien, Lin, 8-4; Tolman-Cappel, Whit, def. Levering-Lyons, Lin, 8-2.
Whitman 8, George Fox 1
SINGLES - Scott Barnett, GF, def. Conor Holton-Burke, Whit, 7-5 (10-8), 2-6, 1-0; Sam Sadeghi, Whit, def. Juan Munoz, GF, 6-0, 6-3; Thomas Roston, Whit, def. Nick Jenness, GF, 6-4, 6-2; Adriel Borshanksy, Whit, def. Pedro Munoz, GF, 6-3, 6-2; Matt Tesmond, Whit, def. Matthew Gardner, GF, 6-4, 6-2; David Deming, Whit, def. Josh Williford, GF, 6-0, 6-0.
DOUBLES - 1. Holton-Burke-Roston, Whit, def. Juan Munoz-Pedro Munoz, GF, 8-6; Borshanksy-Tesmond, Whit, def. Barnett-Jenness, GF, 9-8 (7-4); Sadeghi-Deming, Whit, def. Gardner-Pritchard, GF, 8-1.