Whittier Hosts SCIAC Men's Tennis Championships
May 3-4, 2013
Matches will be played at:
Whittier College (Google Map)
Palm Park (Google Map)
Whittier Narrows (Google Map)
* Free Admission
Standings Heading into Championships
1. CMS (23-3, 7-0 SCIAC)
2. Cal Lutheran (16-3, 6-1 SCIAC)
3. Redlands (13-8, 5-2 SCIAC)
4. Whittier (10-9, 4-3 SCIAC)
5. Pomona-Pitzer (9-13, 3-4 SCIAC)
6. Occidental (8-11, 2-5 SCIAC)
7. Chapman (6-11, 1-6 SCIAC)
8. Caltech (0-18, 0-7 SCIAC)
Timeline of Event
Day 1 - May 3rd
(No.1) def. Caltech (No. 8) @ Palm Park - 5-0 (Boxscore)
# 2 Cal Lutheran (No. 2) def. Chapman (No. 7) @ Whittier Narrows - 5-0 (Boxscore)
# 3 Redlands (No. 3) def. Occidental (No. 6) @ Whittier Narrows - 5-0 (Boxscore)
# 4 Whittier (No. 4) Lost Pomona-Pitzer (No. 5) @ Whittier College - 5-4 (Boxscore)
#5 Claremont-M-S def. Pomona-Pitzer (Semi-Finals) @ Palm Park - 8-1 (Boxscore)
#6 Cal Lutheran def. Redlands (Semi-Finals) @ Whittier Narrows - 7-2 (Boxscore)
#7 Whittier def. Caltech (Consolation) @ Whittier College - 8-1 (Boxscore)
#8 Occidental Lost Chapman (Consolation) @ Whittier Narrows - 5-4 (Boxscore)
Day 2 - May 4th
# 9 Claremont-M-S def. Cal Lutheran
(Championship) @ Whittier Narrows - 6-3 (Boxscore)
# 10 Pomona-Pitzer def. Redlands (Third Place) @ Whittier Narrows - 5-4 (Boxscore)
# 11 Whittier def. Chapman (Fifth Place) @ Whittier College - 9-0 (Boxscore)
# 12 Caltech vs. Occidental (Seventh Place) @ Palm Park - 7-2 (Boxscore)
The Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference comes in with the toughest Division III tennis conference in the country with five teams being nationally ranked within the Top 25. These teams include:
Claremont-M-S (No. 1)
Cal Lutheran ( No. 4
Redlands (No. 12)
Whittier (No. 19)
Pomona-Pitzer (No. 22)
Claremont-M-S is always the team to beat every season as they bring in a load of talent and experience every year from across the country. Led by Southern California resident Warren Wood who posted the second best record in the conference behind Ballou at No. 1 singles. Claremont-M-S finished undefeated in SCIAC play and dropped just three matches all season to BYU-Hawaii, Vanguard, and Hawaii Pacific. They also look towards Nik Marino another Southern California resident at No. 3 singles and Vanderbuilt transfer Joe Dorn at No. 2 to continue playing strong if they look to grab yet another SCIAC Championship Title.
The Kingsmen who have rolled past their opponents all season ran into a tough matchup with Whittier where they held on for a 5-4 victory. They currently sit No. 4 in the ITA Rankings led by No. 1 Nicholas Ballou and No. 2 Ray Worley who both come in nationally ranked in singles and doubles. They both post 17-0 and 16-3 records in singles, each respectively and together have a 16-1 record in doubles. Their big wins this season came over No. 7 John Hopkins, No. 9 Trinity, and No. 3 Williams.
The Bulldogs have proven to be a Top 10 opponent this season cruising past Whittier and Pomona-Pitzer by the score of 7-2. The have the depth led by No. 1 Patrick Lipscomb who is nationally ranked in singles. They also lean on Connor Hyde at No. 2 singles, while putting together a strong doubles lineup of Lipscomb/Leahy, Cummins/Hyde, and Licona/Jones. They open with Occidental in the first round and with a victory and a Whittier win they would match-up to see who would take 3rd Place.
The Poets made huge strides this season moving from No. 26 in the National Rankings to No. 19 after beating Pomona-Pitzer for the first time in the programs history back on March 22 marking the first time the Purple & Gold had knocked off a Top 25 opponent. They posted close matches with CMS (6-3) and Cal Lutheran (5-4) already in SCIAC play and look to move up in the final rankings after the Championships. Whittier is led by senior Julian Seneviratne who finished the regular season 12-7 in singles and 16-3 doubles. They also look towards freshman David Konstantinov to provide support at the top of the lineup after he finished the regular season 12-5 in singles and 15-2 in doubles. Both he and Seneviratne come into the SCIAC Championships Nationally Ranked in doubles and ranked regionally in singles.
The Sagehens are currently ranked No. 22 nationally after opening up the season at No. 10. They are led by senior Max Sabel who moved from No. 2 to No. 1 singles late in the season. He currently has a 9-11 record in singles and has teamed up with Frankie Allison to post a 12-8 doubles record. Pomona-Pitzer opens with Whittier College int he SCIAC Championships, looking to avenge their earlier loss this season. Their looking towards Connor Hudson at No. 3 singles to keep playing strongly who currently has a 9-10 record.
The Tigers under second year Head Coach Brian Newhall who is also the Head Men's Basketball Coach and Associate Athletic Director made major strides this season despite going 8-11, 2-5 SCIAC. They picked up DePaul University transfer Josh Dancu who has a 10-6 record at No. 1 singles. The Tigers rode a four match winning streak from March 26-April 6 where they achieved wins over Pacific Lutheran, Pacific University, Whitworth, and Caltech.
The Panthers joined the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference this year for the very first time but are no strangers to SCIAC competition as they have battled with some of the opponents over the past few years. Their lone win in SCIAC play this season was against Caltech and they are led by Troy Akin and Kyle Coates who are both 5-11 in singes play.
The Beavers continue adding depth to their lineup as they look to pick up their first win of 2013. Their closest match of the season was against Biola where they fell 5-4 and they look towards Joshi Devashish and Joshi Rushikesh their top two singles players.