WALLA WALLA, Wash. – The individual scores were closer but the ultimate result was the same as Whitman defeated Whitworth 5-0 in the semifinals of the 2012 Northwest Conference men's tennis tournament on Saturday morning.
The Pirates season comes to an end with a final record of 11-9. The 8th-ranked Missionaries improve to 20-4. It was the second time this season that Whitman shut out Whitworth.
The Missionaries had little trouble in the three doubles matches. The closest result was at #3 doubles were Dustin McConnell and Chris Engelmann fell 8-3 to James Rivers and Sam Sadeghi. Conor Holton-Burke and Matt Tesmond defeated Whitworth's Daniel Redfern and Micah Spaun 8-2 at #1. Andrew La Cava and Jeff Tolman blanked Ben Hamming and Stefan Dernbach 8-0 at #2.
Whitman only needed to win two singles matches to claim the team victory. NWC rules state that all singles matches end as soon as the team victory is clinched.
Rivers gave the Missionaries a 4-0 lead when he defeated McConnell 6-2, 6-0 at #4 singles. The team victory was decided after Tolman held off Cameron Williams 6-4, 7-5 in a closely-played two-set match.
Two of the singles matches that were not completed had sets go to a tiebreaker. Redfern trailed La Cava 7-6 (7-0) , 2-1 at #1 singles. Holton-Burke was holding on to a 6-2, 6-6 (4-4) lead on Spaun at #3 singles.
Sadeghi had won the first set 6-2 against Hamming at #5. The #6 singles match between Engelmann and Adriel Borshansky was never started.
Redfern and Hamming both played the final match of their Pirate careers.