SALEM, Ore. - Winning for the fifth time in three days, the Whitman College men's tennis team downed Willamette 9-0 in a Northwest Conference match Monday afternoon in Salem, Ore.
It was Whitman's third consecutive shutout of an NWC opponent after beating Linfield and Lewis and Clark Sunday, and it elevated its record to 12-3 on the season and 8-0 in conference.
Whitman, ranked No. 8 in NCAA Division III, has won 12 straight matches after opening the season with losses to a pair of NCAA Division I schools and an NAIA Division I team.
Monday's loss dropped Willamette to 3-3 in the NWC.
After logging a sweep in the opening round of doubles, Whitman rolled to straight-set victories in each of the six matches in singles, although some of those sets were close ones.
Conor Holton-Burke needed a second-set tie-breaker to subdue Garrett Vincent 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) at No. 3 singles. The scores were similar at No. 1, where Andrew La Cava beat Joshua Wong 6-3, 7-5.
James Rivers also had a competitive set at No. 4 singles, scrambling past Will Cooper 6-2, 7-5.
Other Whitman winners in singles included Jeff Tolman, a 6-3, 6-3 winner over Cody Ferguson at No. 2, and Sam Sadeghi, who downed Devin Abney 6-4, 6-1 at No. 5.
Against Lewis & Clark, Whitman set the tone early with a sweep in doubles. La Cava and Tolman led the way, beating Olivier Groot and Quinn Carter 8-5 at the No. 1 spot.
Holton-Burke and James Rivers cruised to an 8-1 victory at No. 2 doubles while Steven Roston and Colton Malesovas won 8-3 at No. 3.
Whitman players lost just eight games in winning the five singles matches from No. 2 through No. 6. Roston was the most dominant, rolling to a 6-0, 6-0 victory at No. 3. Both Malesovas at No. 4 and Dylan Bodet at No. 6 won by the same 6-1, 6-0 score.
Sam Sadeghi was victorious 6-2, 6-0 at No. 2 singles while Tesmond won 6-3, 6-1 at No. 5.
The only drama in singles came at the No. 1 spot, where Holton-Burke rallied for a 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 victory over Groot.
Against Linfield, Malesovas and Bodet picked off victories in both singles and doubles.
La Cava and Adriel Borshansky completed the doubles sweep with an 8-6 victory at No. 1.
Malesovas teamed with Steven Roston for an 8-4 victory at No. 2 doubles, while Bodet and Tesmond won 8-2 in the No. 3 slot.
Malesovas added a 6-2, 6-2 win at No. 4 singles, and it was Bodet winning 6-2, 6-0 at No. 6 singles.
Other winners in singles included La Cava at No. 1 (6-1, 6-2) and Borshansky (6-3, 6-4) at No. 2. Roston won 6-2, 6-1 at No. 3 while Tesmond was a 6-0, 6-2 winner at No. 5.