Whitman men fall to Sharks


HONOLULU, Hawaii — After playing eight matches in 12 days, Whitman College failed to win a match against No. 5 Hawaii Pacific University, an NCAA Division II powerhouse, in a 9-0 loss.

At No. 1 doubles, Petr Michnev and Gerald Moretti jumped out to an early double-break lead against Whitman’s, Colton Malesovas and Andrew La Cava.

La Cava and Malesovas broke back once to get back within 5-4, but surrendered the final three games and fell 8-4.

At No. 2, the new combo of Steven Roston and Andy Riggs held their first four service games, but never sunk their teeth into the Sharks’ serves and eventually fell 8-4 to Adriano Locorotondo and Yann Renault.

At No. 3, seniors Matt Tesmond and Sam Sadeghi were broken in their first service game before eventually losing 8-3 to Max Hertl and Juame Martinez Vich.

Leading 3-0 after doubles, it was clear the Sharks were going to avenge their 2012 loss to Whitman.

With La Cava nursing a sore back, freshman Alex Noyes saw his first significant action of the trip, but ended up on the wrong end of a 6-1, 6-0 defeat at the hands of Renault.

Martinez Vich put the match out of reach by beating Malesovas 6-2, 6-0 at the top spot. Sadeghi didn’t fare much better at No. 3, losing to Hertl 6-2, 6-2. At No. 5, Hawaii Pacific’s Clemens Graute served his way to a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Whitman junior Will Huskey.

With the loss, No. 13 Whitman concluded a 4-5 Spring Break with three wins over nationally ranked teams.

Whitman is now 10-6 on the season and 7-0 in the Northwest Conference. Its next match is against Whitworth on April 5th in Spokane.


DOUBLES — Petr Michnev/Meretti (HPU) def. Andrew La Cava/Malesovas (WC) 8-4. Locorotondo/Renault (HPU) def. Riggs/Roston (WC) 8-4. Hertl/Martinez-Vich (HPU) def. Matt Tesmond/Sadeghi (WC) 8-3.

SINGLES — Juame Martinez Vich (HPU) def. Colton Malesovas (WC) 6-2, 6-0. Gerald Moretti (HPU) def. Andy Riggs (WC) 4-6, 6-2, 10-6. Max Hertl (HPU) def. Sam Sadeghi (WC) 6-2, 6-2. Adriano Locorotondo (HPU) def. Steven Roston (WC) 6-4, 2-6, 10-8. Clemens Graute (HPU) def. Will Huskey (WC) 6-1, 6-2. Yann Renault (HPU) def. Alex Noyes (WC) 6-1, 6-0.


Log in to comment