NEWBERG, Ore. – Whitworth University solidified its chances at a spot in the 2016 Northwest Conference men's tennis tournament with a 6-3 win at George Fox University on Saturday.
The Pirates improved to 9-5 overall and 6-2 in the NWC while the Bruins dropped to 5-7, 3-3. The Bucs swept the two matches between the teams this season by identical scores. The top four teams in the final standings qualify for the league's post-season tournament.
Whitworth grabbed a 2-1 lead after doubles play. The Pirate pair of Blake Miller and Layne Ryerson rolled to an 8-3 win over Vincent Viloria and Tristen Lerma at #3 doubles. But the GFU pair of Spencer Watanabe and Chris Lilley tied the match with an 8-5 win over Whitworth's Drew Brigham and Drew Adams at #1 doubles.
The Pirates extended their lead to 4-1 with victories in the first two singles matches to finish. Ryerson beat Grafton 6-0, 6-4 at #3 singles and Adams topped Viloria 6-3, 6-2 at #4 singles.
Sandlin then clinched the team victory for Whitworth with his 7-6 (2), 6-3 victory over Miyashiro at #5 singles, giving the Pirates an insurmountable 5-1 lead.
GFU picked up its final two points when Watanabe topped Brigham 6-3, 7-5 at #1 singles and Lilley beat Miller 6-0 in the third set.
Hughes finished off Whitworth's win with a 7-6 (2), 5-7, 1-0 (10-2) win over Nick Ekern at #6 singles.
Whitworth will finish off its trip to Oregon with a match at Lewis & Clark on Sunday.