SPOKANE, Wash. –Whitworth took five of six singles contests on the way to a 6-3 Northwest Conference men's tennis win over visiting Pacific University on Saturday afternoon.
The Pirates improved to 2-5 overall and 2-1 in the NWC. The Boxers fell to 1-2, 1-2.
Whitworth scored the first doubles point when Chris Engelmann and Blake Miller topped Alen Suklje and David Yanagita 8-3 at number two. But Pacific took the next two doubles matches. Brandon Schlack and Kolin Wong defeated John Talbot and Matt Goebel 8-5 at #3 before Troy Zuroske and Giancarlo Battaglia edged Cameron Williams and Drew Brigham 8-6 at #1.
Five of the six singles matches would go three full sets. And when Battaglia pulled out a 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 win over Brigham at #2 singles, the Boxers had taken a 3-1 lead in the team score. But they would not win another match.
Engelmann came from a set down to beat Schlack 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 at #3 singles and then Williams pulled out a 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-4 marathon over Zuroske in a match-up of 2012 First Team All-NWC honorees.
With the match tied 3-3, the teams went to the bottom half of the ladder. Talbot defeated Pacific's Lorne Bulling 7-5, 6-4 at #5 in the only singles contest that did not go three sets. Goebel edged Yanagita 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 at #6 and then Miller closed the contest with a 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (7) win over Suklje.
Whitworth is not off until March 1st when the Pirates host Lewis-Clark State in a non-conference match. It will be the second meeting of the season with the NAIA Warriors.