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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College Men's Tennis team made quick work of the University of Puget Sound sweeping the Loggers 9-0 at the Richard Ettinger Tennis Courts.
The Purple & Gold are now 4-7, 0-1 SCIAC.
The Poets got to work quickly sweeping doubles. Head Coach Kristin Yep made a couple changes in the lineup. Thomas Koszowski (Denver, CO) and Maxwell Koszowski (Denver, CO) decided to go back home for a few days forcing the No. 2 team of Matt Yanuck (Studio City, Calif.) and Pim Van Der Veer (Amsterdam, Netherlands) to move up to the No. 1 slot and Jesse Eccles (Queenstown, New Zealand) and Chris Palacio (El Centro, Calif.) to move up to No. 2. Yep then put in senior Jehan Godrej (Los Altos, Calif.) and junior Michael Kawachika (Hilo, HI) together at No. 3.
Van Der Veer and Yanuck rolled 8-1 at the top spot, Eccles and Palacio went 8-2 and Godrej and Kawachika rounded out the sweep 8-1.
In singles it got worse for the Loggers. Yanuck and Palacio were the only two starters who were left in. Yanuck played at No. 2 winning 6-0, 6-0 and Palacio played at No. 3 winning 6-1, 6-0 getting the 4th and 5th points for the Purple & Gold. The other four spots were taken up by the reserves and they made a statement. Junior Sam Whitehill (Brisbane, Australia) at 6'6 got subbed into the top spot and after falling 6-4 in the opening set was able to bounce back to win 6-0, 10-2 against Riley Inn.
Junior Zachary Ambrosio (Moreno Valley, Calif.) got his first action of the season at No. 4 taking on Graham Byron and he was able to cruise 6-1, 6-1. Godrej and Kawachika remained in singles and followed up their doubles point by winning 6-1, 6-1 and 6-2, 6-1, each respectively at No. 5 and No. 6.