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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College Men's Tennis team picked up their first win of 2018 Tuesday night as they rolled Hope International in a non-conference match-up 6-3 at the Richard Ettinger Tennis Courts.
Head Coach JR Sarmiento changed the lineup a little bit in both singles and doubles but with the depth of the Poets it didn't matter the shift as they would take two of three in doubles before going four of six in singles.
The Purple & Gold were tested early in doubles going the distance at both No. 1 and No. 3. Maxwell Koszowski (Denver, CO) and Chris Palacio (El Centro, Calif.) who moved into the No. 2 slot dominated their proset winning 8-4 over Antoine Voisin and Sergio Romero. A new duo of Sam Whitehill (Australia) and Zachary Ambrosio (Moreno Valley, Calif.) got the call at No. 3 and was forced into a breaker where they eventually prevailed 9-8 (7-5) over Gabriel Barazettu and Jayke Ancheta. This put WC on top 2-0 but they couldn't grab that third point as Thomas Koszowski (Denver, CO) and Elmer Van Butselaar (Veenendaal, Netherlands) would suffer a 9-8 (7-1) loss at No. 1.
In singles, Whittier carried the momentum led by senior Hunter Kettering (Pleasanton, Calif.) who rolled Romero at No. 4 6-0, 6-0 giving Whittier their third point. Freshman Tony Zhao (Toronto, Canada) followed him with a quick 6-1, 6-2 victory at No. 5 and it would then come down the T. Kosowski, Agustin Lombardi (Argentina), and Jesse Eccles (Queenstown, New Zealand). Hope International picked up a straight sets win at No. 2 from Aleks Trifunovic that kept them in the match and then deadlocked the match at 3-3 following a win at No. 1 where T. Kosowski would go down in three sets 4-6, 6-4, 6-2.
But that would be the final point won by the Royals as Lombardi would come from a set down to win 3-6, 7-6, 6-2 over Voisin at No. 3 that clinched the victory. Then to add insurance freshman Eccles would pick up his first win of his collegiate career going the distance and also coming from a set down to win 4-6, 6-4, 10-8.
Whittier returns to the courts tomorrow, Friday, March 9 as they host Carnegie Mellon beginning at 3:00pm.