ORLANDO, Fla. – The Whitworth University men's tennis team split its two matches on Wednesday during the Pirates' Spring Break trip to Orlando. Whitworth defeated Western Connecticut State 9-0 in the morning before falling to Birmingham-Southern 6-3 in the afternoon.
The Pirates are now 7-5 overall after BSC ended Whitworth's six-match winning streak.
The Bucs rolled past the Colonials (0-3) in dominating fashion. The closest matches came in doubles where Shane Sandlin and Caleb Hughes won 8-2 at #1 and Drew and Ryan Adams won 8-2 at #2. It was the first time this season that the Adams brothers teamed up as a doubles pair.
The competition was much stiffer against BSC (8-2) a school that played as an NCAA Division I institution until a few years ago.
Blake Miller and Ryerson earned Whitworth's only point in doubles when they defeated Henry Crosby and David Goodloe 8-4 at #3 doubles. Drew Brigham and Drew Adams dropped a hard-fought 8-5 decision to Patrick Hire and Alex Makarenko at #1 doubles by a single break.
Three of the singles matches went to three sets, while two other matches had a set determined by a tiebreaker.
Drew Adams held off George Chunn 6-2, 4-6, 1-0 (10-5) at #4 singles for a Whitworth point. Shane Sandlin outlasted Anthony Pellegrini 6-7 (4), 7-6 (5), 1-0 (10-5) in a marathon match for the final Pirate point.
Lee Thompson edged Whitworth's Caleb Hughes 6-3, 3-6, 1-0 (10-7) at #6 singles.
The Pirates will conclude their trip to Florida on Friday morning with a match against Hope College.