By assistant coach Jimmy Chau
PORTLAND, Ore. - Mighty Whitman flexes their muscle and takes down the Pioneers in a sweep. The #13 nationally ranked Missionaries came into the LC tennis dome confident and tied for the league lead in the standings.
Doubles action was highlighted by a strong showing at the #3 slot for the Pioneers. Lucas Fodor and Ryotaro Tokura were just points away from getting back on serve after getting down an early break, but they would finally succumb to the big serving of Will Husky and Dylan Bodet in an 8-5 loss. Carter Gee-Taylor and Scott Monismith were battling point for point at #2 doubles before Whitman earned a big break while the Pioneers were serving at 3-4.
Colton Malesovas, the Fall ITA singles champ and partner Andy Riggs would roll thereafter to an 8-3 win. Number one doubles action was dominated by Sam Sadeghi and partner Andrew LaCava in a convincing 8-2 decision over Kevin Ross and Daniel Hahm. Coach Dreves was happy with the effort and felt like the Pioneers are definitely heading in the right direction with their doubles effort.
Down 3-0, the Pioneers would fight to multiple close decisions but ultimately fall. Scott Monismith continued his knack for finding his way into the third set of matches. Playing against Matt Tesmond, Monismith found himself down big, a set and 5-2. Fending off two match points, the #4 Pioneer would bully his way back into the match by reeling off five straight games to send his match into a deciding third.
Unfortunately, Whitman clinched the team match seconds earlier after a dominating comeback by Will Husky against the Pios' Hahm. After Hahm took the first set 6-4, Husky delivered some of the best tennis of the day by winning eleven of the next twelve games. Earlier matches were captured by Sadeghi over Ross 6-3, 6-1 and Steven Roston over Gee-Taylor 6-1, 6-1. Monismith ended up losing 10-2 in the third. The day's play ended with two more tight matches at numbers five and six singles. Fodor would fall to Bodet 7-6 (3), 6-3 at #6 and Tokura would drop a 6-3, 6-4 decision to Alex Noyes at #5.
The Pioneers take on the Pacific Lutheran Lutes next weekend in Tacoma.