March 21, 2012

Whitworth Men Split a Pair in Florida

ORLANDO, Fla. – Whitworth split its first two men's tennis contests during its spring break trip to Florida, losing to Birmingham Southern but defeating Augustana (S.D.).

The Pirates (7-5) will take Thursday off before playing two matches on Friday.

On Tuesday the Pirates fell 6-2 to Birmingham Southern.  The Panthers took a 2-1 lead after doubles when Micah Spaun and Stefan Dernbach won their match at #2 for the Pirates. 

Daniel Redfern earned a 6-3, 6-4 win over John Zukley at #1 singles for Whitworth's second point.

The Pirates defeated NCAA Div. II Augustana 6-3 on Wednesday.  The Bucs took two of three doubles matches: Dernbach and John Talbot won 9-8 (7-5) at #2 doubles, while Matt Goebel and Dustin McConnell earned an 8-2 win at #3 doubles.

The most dramatic match of the day came at the top of the singles ladder where Redfern held off a match point to complete a 4-6, 7-6 (9-7), 1-0 (10-5) win over Jared Drenkow.

McConnell earned his first individual win of the season with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Neal Gregerson at #4 singles, leading Whitworth to a sweep of the 4th-6th singles matches.

Ben Hamming beat Max Eckrich 6-1, 6-1 at #5, while Chris Englemann topped Dane Rasmussen 6-1, 6-1 at #6.

Whitworth will play SUNY-Oneonta on Friday before competing in an exhibition match at NAIA Webber International.

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