Whitman win tally two tennis wins

Thie Missionaries knock off Puget Sound and Pacific Lutheran Friday.


TACOMA - After winning two of three matches in doubles, Whitman College swept the six decisions in singles to knock off Puget Sound 8-1 in Northwest Conference men's tennis action here Friday afternoon.

Picking up its second victory of the day, the Missionary men rolled over Pacific Lutheran 7-2 Friday night, extending its Northwest Conference regular season winning streak to 73 matches.

Whitman, ranked No. 19 nationally and No. 6 in the West Region, is now 7-0 to start the NWC season and 7-2 overall.

Against UPS, Whitman's Conor Holton-Burke and Andrew La Cava got the win for Whitman at No. 1 doubles, notching an 8-4 victory over Ben Miller and Scott Finkelman.

Etienne Moshevich and Jeff Tolman were 8-3 winners at No. 2 doubles, getting the best of Nick Kelley and Brent Hoshiba.

Puget Sound, which saw its NWC record slip to 1-3, got the team point at No. 3 doubles, where Michael Cutter and Alex Harrison posted an 8-2 win over Whitman's Quin Miller and Matt Tesmond.

Whitman's victories in singles all came in straight sets, with the Loggers dropping most sets while winning two or fewer games in all but one case.

Moshevich at No. 1 singles and fellow senior Chris Bailey at No. 3 won their matches by the same 6-2, 6-1 score. Tolman won 6-2, 6-2 at No. 2 singles.

Steven Roston got the start at No. 4 singles and scored a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Kelley. Miller beat Harrison 6-3, 6-2 at No. 5, and Tesmond lost just two games in rolling to the win at No. 6.

After beating Puget Sound in a late afternoon match, Whitman stayed on the courts at the UPS Tennis Pavilion to battle PLU.

Whitman got the early jump on the Lutes by taking four of six decisions in singles.

Holton-Burke got the win at No. 1 singles, beating Taylor Dickey 6-1, 6-3, while La Cava played at No. 2, pinning a 6-4, 6-3 defeat on Scott Sheldon.

PLU's Zach AhYat, bouncing back from a season lost to injury, won a three-set battle at No. 3 singles, outlasting Whitman's Bailey by scores of 7-6 (7-2), 1-6, 6-3.

The Lutes got their second point at No. 4 singles, where junior transfer Daniel Cotton got past Roston in three sets, winning 7-6 (8-6), 4-6, 6-2.

Whitman's Tesmond downed Neal Berg 6-3, 6-2 at No. 5 singles.

Atanas Atanasov, a Whitman freshman from Haskovo, Bulgaria, was victorious in his first college dual match, coasting to a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Reed Gunstone at No. 6 singles.

Ahead 4-2 after singles, Whitman needed to win at least one of three matches in doubles to clinch the victory, and it dominated in all three flights.

Holton-Burke and La Cava whipped Dickey and Sheldon 8-1 at No. 1 doubles.

Moshevich and Tolman, who didn't play in singles, posted an 8-3 victory over AhYat and Berg at No. 2 doubles.

Miller teamed with Tesmond for an 8-2 win at No. 3 doubles, besting Gunstone and Michael Parretta.

After the match, Whitman headed across state to play Whitworth on Saturday in Spokane.

Whitman 8, UPS 1

SINGLES - Etienne Moshevich, Whit, def Scott Finkleman, UPS 6-2, 6-1. Jeff Tolman, Whit, def Chas Stewart, UPS, 6-2, 6-2. Chris Bailey, Whit, def Michael Cutter, UPS, 6-2, 6-1. Steven Roston, Whit, def Nick Kelley, UPS, 6-2, 6-3. Quin Miller, Whit, def Alex Harrison, UPS, 6-3, 6-2. Matt Tesmond, Whit, def Ben Miller, UPS, 6-2, 6-0.

DOUBLES - La Cava/Holton-Burke, Whit, def Finkleman/Miller, UPS, 8-4. Tolman/Moshevich, Whit, def Kelley/Hoshiba, UPS, 8-3. Cutter/Harrison, UPS, def Miller/Tesmond, Whit, 8-2.

Whitman 7, PLU 2

SINGLES - Conor Holton-Burke, Whit, def Taylor Dickey, PLU, 6-1, 6-3. Andrew La Cava, Whit, def Scott Sheldon, PLU, 6-4, 6-3. Zack AhYat, PLU, def Chris Bailey, Whit, 7-6 (7-2), 1-6, 6-3. Daniel Cotton, PLU, def Steven Roston, Whit, 7-6 (8-6), 4-6, 6-2. Matt Tesmond, Whit, def Neal Berg, PLU, 6-3, 6-2. Atanas Atanasov, Whit, def Reed Gunstone, PLU, 6-1, 6-2.

DOUBLES - Holton-Burke/La Cava, Whit, def Dickey/Sheldon, PLU, 8-1. Tolman/Moshevich, Whit, def AhYat/Berg, PLU, 8-3. Miller/Tesmond, Whit, def Parretta/Gunstone, PLU, 8-2.


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