March 31, 2012

Whitworth Swept by 9th-ranked Whitman

WALLA WALLA, Wash. – Whitworth could not get anything going against 9th-ranked Whitman on Saturday, falling 9-0 to the league-leading Missionaries at the Bratton Tennis Center.

Whitman, also ranked 1st in the West Region, improved to 16-3 overall and 9-0 in the NWC.  The Pirates fell to 8-6, 5-3, but still have a good chance to secure a spot in the season-ending NWC tournament.

The Missionaries swept the doubles matches, then won all six of the singles matches in straight sets.

Dustin McConnell, who joined the Pirate tennis team late after a successful season with the Whitworth basketball team, played 2011 NWC Player of the Year Connor Holton-Burke very well.  He fell 6-4, 6-2.

Andrew LaCava beat Daniel Redfern 6-3, 6-2 at #1 singles in a match-up of First Team All-NWC honorees from 2011.

Whitworth will play at Willamette (Friday) and Linfield (Saturday) in a pair of important conference matches next weekend.

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