Missionary men net 9-0 victory over Pacific

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WALLA WALLA — Playing on their own courts for the first time in over five weeks, the Whitman men’s tennis team continued its march through the Northwest Conference with a 9-0 victory over Pacific on Saturday on the Missionary outdoor courts.

The 15th-ranked Missionaries have had injuries the entire season, but are getting healthy at the right time. Saturday, they welcomed sophomore all-American James Rivers back into the lineup, where he teamed with fellow sophomore Colton Malesovas for an 8-2 triumph over Pacific’s Brian Kyaw and Lorne Bulling at No. 3 doubles.

Juniors Steven Roston and Andy Riggs made it 2-0 for Whitman by breaking early and often en route to an 8-1 win over Allen Suklje and Kolin Wong at No. 2.

Once again, the tightest doubles match came at No. 1, where seniors Matt Tesmond and Sam Sadeghi recovered from an early 3-0 deficit for an 8-6 victory over Troy Zuroske and Giancarlo Battaglia.

The Missionaries kept rolling in singles, as the netters put their top four singles players on the outdoor courts.

At No. 3, Sadeghi cruised to a 6-1 6-2 win over Suklje to make it 4-0 Whitman.

Moments later, Roston clinched it by recovering from an early break to top Pacific’s Brandon Schlack 6-3, 6-2.

Malesovas continued his torrid play by beating Battaglia, one of the top players in the conference, 6-2, 6-2.

At No. 2 singles, Riggs broke free from an early deadlock to oust big-serving Troy Zuroske,, 6-3, 6-1.

Whitman 9, Pacific 0

SINGLES — Colton Malesovas, Whit, def. Giancarlo Battaglia, Pac, 6-2, 6-2; Andy Riggs, Whit, def. Troy Zuroske, Pac, 6-3, 6-1; Sam Sadeghi, Whit, def. Alen Suklje, Pac, 6-1, 6-2; Steven Roston, Whit, def. Brandon Schlack, Pac, 6-3, 6-2; Will Huskey, Whit, def. Lorne Bulling, Pac, 6-3, 6-2; Alex Noyes, Whit, def. Kolin Wong, Pac, 6-1, 6-2.

DOUBLES — Matt Tesmond/Sam Sadeghi, Whit, def. Troy Zuroske/Giancarlo Battaglia, Pac, 8-6; Steven Roston/Andy Riggs, Whit, def. Alen Suklje/Kolin Wong, Pac, 8-1; James Rivers/Colton Malesovas, Whit, def. Bria Kyaw/Lorne Bulling, Pac, 8-2.

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