Whit's Solomon chosen for DIII singles championship

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WALLA WALLA - Whitman College tennis standout Matt Solomon is one of the 32 players from around the country invited to the NCAA Division III National Singles Championship Tournament.

The singles tournament is slated for May 28-30 at Ohio's Oberlin College.

Solomon, a senior, is one of seven West Coast players - but the only one from the Pacific Northwest - invited to the singles championship. Spots in the 32-player bracket will not be assigned until later this month.

Invitations were issued to players based on win-loss records and strength of opposition.

Solomon, who has played No. 1 singles for Whitman since his sophomore season, led Whitman to a third consecutive Northwest Conference title this spring. He is one of seven Whitman seniors who rolled through four years without ever losing a regular season match to a NWC team, posting a 64-0 record over that time frame.

While the national singles tournament sits on the horizon for later this month, Solomon has at least one more match with his Whitman teammates. Coach Jeff Northam and an eight-player contingent play a second-round match in the NCAA Division III team championships in Claremont, Calif. Whitman, ranked No. 22 nationally, faced No. 3 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps this morning. If it wins that match, Whitman plays either No. 4 Cal Lutheran or No. 6 UC-Santa Cruz on Friday for a spot in the eight-team finals, also slated for Oberlin College later this month.

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