Whitman men's tennis team blanks Bearcats

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SALEM - In a rematch of last spring's Northwest Conference men's tennis championship final, Whitman College cruised to a 9-0 victory over Willamette here Monday.

Whitman, ranked No. 19 nationally in NCAA Division III, is off to a 3-0 start in conference play, extending its NWC regular season winning streak to 69 matches.

Whitman, which has won the last three NWC titles, hasn't loss to a conference foe during the regular season since April of 2006.

Today's match started with a Whitman sweep in doubles.

Junior Conor Holton-Burke and freshman Andrew La Cava got the win at No. 1 doubles, posting an 8-2 victory over Willamette's Cody Ferguson and Michael Baumgartner.

Senior Etienne Moshevich and sophomore Jeff Tolman won by the same score at No. 2 doubles, besting Josh Wong and Garrett Vincent.

At No. 3 doubles, senior Quin Miller and sophomore Matt Tesmond rolled to an 8-0 shutout over Matt Houser and Will Cooper.

In a battle of juniors at No. 1 singles, Holton-Burke bumped off Ferguson 6-1, 6-2.

La Cava bounced back from a slow start at No. 2 singles for a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Wong, a Bearcat sophomore.

The most competitive singles match came at No. 3, where Moshevich outslugged Baumgartner, another Willamette sophomore, by a 6-4, 6-4 count.

Playing at No. 4 singles, Tolman tallied the clinching fifth team point with a 6-3, 6-0 triumph over Matthew Houser, a Willamette senior.

Senior Chris Bailey and sophomore Sam Sadeghi notched wins at No. 5 and No. 6 singles, beating two more Bearcat freshmen.

Bailey downed Vincent 6-3, 6-1 while Sadeghi beat Cooper 6-3, 6-0.

Whitman plays its first home matches of the season next Saturday, hosting Lewis & Clark at 2 p.m. and Linfield at 5 p.m.

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