MCMINNVILLE, Ore. — The 13th-ranked Whitman men’s tennis team exhibited their considerable depth against the Linfield Wildcats in a Northwest Conference encounter here Friday, rolling to a 9-0 victory.
In the doubles portion, the Missionaries moved their normal No. 2 combo of Andy Riggs and Matt Tesmond to the No. 1 slot, where they took on Linfield’s Zach Lyons and Micah Roos.
Tesmond and Riggs broke to start the match and cruised to an 8-3 victory. Alex Noyes got in the starting lineup for the first time where he teamed with Steven Roston for an 8-2 triumph over Joel Trousdale and Ben Brewer. Will Huskey and Dylan Bodet completed the doubles sweep with an 8-2 win over Lukas Kleinman and Alex Mangan.
In singles competition, Whitman filled up the three courts in the Ruschman Fieldhouse starting with the No. 1, 3, and 6 positions. Huskey and Bodet quickly clinched the match for Whitman with Huskey winning 6-1, 6-3 over Trousdale and Bodet winning 6-1, 6-0 over Tim Hawkins.
When they finished, Riggs took the court at No. 2 and came away with a hasty 6-2, 6-2 victory over Roos. Shortly thereafter, Tesmond put the finishing touches on a 6-1, 6-0 trouncing of Brewer to make the team score 7-0. Noyes was last on the court for his first collegiate singles match. He overcame some early nerves and his opponent in a 6-4, 6-2 triumph.
The match of the day came at the top spot.
With Whitman’s usual top three of Andrew La Cava, Sam Sadeghi, and Colton Malesovas riding the pine, Roston stepped in at No. 1 to battle Linfield’s Zach Lyons. Roston got off to a sluggish start, as Lyons raced out to a 3-0 lead, but Roston responded in kind to level it at 3-all.
The two combatants traded three more breaks before Lyons held two set points on Roston’s serve. Roston erased those and used the momentum from the hold to secure a 7-5, first-set victory.
The second set followed the same arc. Lyons took an early break, but Roston answered. This time, Roston picked up an easy hold serving at 4-5, but Lyons held a long game at 5-5 and broke to level the match at a set apiece.
Because the team match had already been settled, the two played a 10-point match breaker to decide the contest. Roston jumped out to an early lead and held on to complete a 7-5, 5-7, 10-4 win.