Pirate Women Split First Two in California

PASADENA, Calif. – The Whitworth women's tennis team opened its spring break trip to Southern California with a split on Sunday night and Monday afternoon.

The Pirates (6-6) fell to 22nd-ranked MIT on Sunday night, but bounced back to defeat Caltech 5-4 on Monday.

Whitworth had trouble getting untracked against the nationally-ranked Engineers (12-1) on Sunday night in a match played at the Claremont Club in Claremont, California.  Taylor Peña was the only Pirate to go more than two sets before she lost 6-2, 3-6, 1-0 (10-7) to Michelle Dutt.

Whitworth came back to defeat Caltech (4-5) on Monday afternoon thanks to the Pirates' depth.  The host Beavers won the #1 doubles and the top three singles matches.  But Whitworth won at #2 and #3 doubles and the bottom three singles matches to pull out the win.

Megan Wingfield and Morgan McDivitt paired to defeat Jessica Yeung and Michelle Lee 8-2 at #2 doubles.  Both went on to win their singles matches.  Wingfield topped Lee 6-4, 7-6 (4) at #4 singles while McDivitt defeated Yeung 6-4, 3-0 (ret). 

KC McConnell was the third Pirate to win twice today.  She and Jessi Steele won 8-6 at #3 doubles in what proved to be a decisive point.  McConnell then defeated Zeke Millikan 6-0, 6-1 at #6 singles.

Whitworth will conclude its trip to California with a match against Westmont College in Santa Barbara on Wednesday afternoon.

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