BEAVERTON, Ore. — Whitman College sophomore Colton Malesovas captured the men’s singles championship at the USTA/ITA Fall Regional tennis tournament here Monday.
Malesovas, who spent last spring buried near the bottom of Whitman’s deep singles ladder, capped a year of hard work by defeating Willamette’s Josh Wong 6-4, 7-5 to earn a trip to Mobile, Ala., next month to the ITA Small College National Championships.
Earlier Monday, Malesovas, who entered the tournament seeded 13th, defeated No. 7 seed Giancarlo Battaglia of Pacific University 6-4, 3-6, 6-0 in the tournament semifinals. Wong reached the finals by defeating Whitman’s Andy Riggs 4-6, 6-4, 6-1.
It was Wong’s fourth victory over a Missionary during the tournament. In earlier rounds he ousted Noah Lee, Sam Sadeghi and Steven Roston from championship contention.
For Malesovas, the championship was all the sweeter because of his upset victory over teammate and two-time defending champion Andrew La Cava during Sunday’s play.