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Ekola edged by Whitaker in WSC semifinals

Spencer Ekola is 16-6 in singles this season and reached the semifinals of the WSC Championships.
Spencer Ekola is 16-6 in singles this season and reached the semifinals of the WSC Championships.

Spencer Ekola played a tight match with Bill Whitaker of Ventura on Friday in the WSC men's tennis semifinals at Ventura College but came out on the short end of a 6-4, 6-4 decision.

Ekola, a freshman from Santa Barbara High, was the sixth seed and Whitaker was No. 7.

"Spencer played and fought hard," said assistant coach Chris McBride. "It was 6-4, 6-4 and could have gone either way."

Ekola is 16-6 in singles this year. He qualified for the State Championships in Ojai on April 27-30 where he'll be joined by Emerson Sekban and Diego Santos. The state doubles draw will include the SBCC duos of Sekban/Ekola and Santos/Stevie Acuna.