Men's Tennis

Jesse Eccles Steals Point from Concordia

Jesse Eccles Steals Point from Concordia

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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College Men's Tennis team took on Concordia (CA) Monday evening in an exhibition match but was only able to secure one point against the Eagles as they fell 8-1 at the Richard Ettinger Tennis Courts.

Sophomore Jesse Eccles (Queenstown, New Zealand) was the only Poet to pick up a point as he won at No. 6 singles against Kian Saidi pulling out a three-setter 5-7, 6-4, 10-6. 

The Purple & Gold saw themselves down 3-0 after doubles.  Thomas Koszowski (Denver, CO) and Maxwell Koszowski (Denver, CO) played at the top spot and fell 8-4 to Nikita Vatsnelson and Shimon Murakami.  Pim Van Der Veer (Amsterdam, Netherlands) and Thomas Davies (Wales, UK) were again put at No. 2 but fell behind early and couldn't catch-up falling 8-3.  In the final spot, Eccles and Chris Palacio (El Centro, Calif.), who picked up the lone point against Pomona-Pitzer played tough in the early going but fell late 8-3.

In singles, Whittier proved tough.  Van Der Veer gave Vatsnelson everything he could handle at the top spot.  He was rolled 6-0 in the first set but battled back to win the second 6-4 before falling 10-5 in a third set breaker.  At No. 2, T. Koszowski was a tough match-up for Yassine Smiei getting broken once in the first set at 7-5 before falling in the second 6-4.  Davies was the same way at No. 3 dropping in straight sets 7-5, 6-4.  Matt Yanuck (Studio City, Calif.) played a tough opening frame getting broken once at 6-4 but couldn't bounce back in the second falling 6-2.  Derek Okuhama (Tumon, Guam) was the final Poet to score at No. 5 singles but he too was swept in straights falling 6-2, 6-3.

Whittier looks prepared for a big match-up this Saturday, February 16 as they take on UC Santa Cruz at 12:00pm.