SPOKANE, Wash. – Whitworth University rolled to a 9-0 win over visiting Pacific Lutheran on Saturday afternoon that clinched a spot in the upcoming Northwest Conference women's tennis tournament.
The Pirates improved to 8-8 overall and 7-5 in the NWC and avenged a 5-4 loss to the Lutes (7-10, 5-7) that took place earlier this season in Tacoma.
Whitworth took a big step by sweeping the three doubles matches. Saryn Mooney and Taylor Peña ran away with an 8-2 win over Samantha Lund and Payton McGriff at #1 doubles. KC McConnell and Jessi Steele soon followed with an 8-4 win over Katherine Patton and Allison McClure at #3 doubles.
A key point in the competition occurred when Morgan McDivitt and Megan Wingfield held off Tina Aarsvold and Leah Newell 9-7 at #2 doubles, giving the Bucs the sweep and all of the momentum heading into singles play.
All six of the singles matches went in straight sets in the Pirates' favor, beginning with the top three singles matches as weather forced the competition into the bubble.
Steele and Peña won their matches by identical 6-0, 6-2 scores over Newell and McGriff, respectively, at #2 and #3. Mooney finished off Lund 7-6 (3), 6-1 at #1 singles.
McConnell defeated McClure 6-1, 6-1 at #6 singles and McDivitt was close behind with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Catherine Miolla at #5 singles.
Wingfield won the final contest of the match 7-5, 6-4 over Aarsvold at #4 singles.
The match went very differently from the earlier meeting between the teams on March 9th when the Lutes swept the doubles points and then got a pair of singles wins for a 5-4 victory over the Pirates. But Whitworth is playing its best tennis of the season heading into next week's NWC tournament, having won four of its last five conference matches.
The Pirates will close the regular season with a non-conference match against Lewis-Clark State on Wednesday afternoon at home.