Sunday, February 26, 2012
TACOMA - With senior ace Conor Holton-Burke joining the Century Club, Whitman College cruised to a one-sided 9-0 Northwest Conference men's tennis victory over Puget Sound on Saturday in the Bratton Tennis Center, and coupled with an 8-1 win over Pacific Lutheran on Friday, completed a sweep of the Tacoma schools on the week end.
Holton-Burke, the reigning NWC Player of the Year, shared in a doubles victory and then collected his 100th career triumph with a 6-2, 6-1 win against Michael Cutter at No. 1 singles.
Holton-Burke is the 16th Whitman player to reach 100 career wins and the first since 2010 graduates Matt Solomon and Christoph Fuchs.
Whitman, now 3-0 in the NWC and 7-3 overall, surrendered just 17 games in sweeping the opening three matches in doubles and the six encounters in singles that followed.
Freshman Colton Malesovas teamed with Holton-Burke for his 99th career win, which came with an 8-2 victory over George Murphy and John Stevens at No. 2 doubles.
Junior Jeff Tolman and sophomore Andrew La Cava got the win at No. 1 doubles, handing Cutter and Ben Miller an 8-2 setback.
Sophomore transfer Dylan Bodet got into his first match of the spring season, joining junior Sam Sadeghi for an 8-0 shutout of Jake Peterson and Michael Tieu at No. 3 doubles.
Other Whitman winners in singles were James Rivers, Adriel Borshansky, Malesovas, Sadeghi, and Bodet.
Saturday's victory stretched Whitman's NWC regular season winning streak to 81 matches. Its last conference loss during the regular season came in April of 2006.
In a match that started outside with doubles and ended inside with singles, Whitman College rolled to an 8-1 men's tennis victory over visiting Pacific Lutheran here on Friday.
The match moved indoors to the Bratton Tennis Center for singles with Whitman sweeping all six matches.
Holton-Burke and junior Matt Tesmond were winners at No. 1 doubles, downing Zack AhYat and Taylor Dickey.
Sophomore Andrew La Cava and Rivers dominated at No. 2 doubles, beating Daniel Cotton and Luke Olson 8-1.
No. 3 doubles morphed into a bit of a marathon with Pacific Lutheran's Spencer Herron and Near Berg notching a 9-8 (14-12) victory over Whitman sophomores Will Huskey and Steven Roston.
Once singles moved indoors, Roston, Rivers, Adriel Borshansky, Holton-Burke, Tesmond, and Huskey all won in straight sets, although Huskey went to a 7-5 tie break to complete his sweep.