TACOMA, Wash. – Whitworth rolled past Puget Sound 9-0 on Saturday afternoon to officially clinch the fourth and final spot in the upcoming Northwest Conference women's tennis tournament.
The visiting Pirates improved to 8-8 overall and 7-4 in the NWC. They now are one spot clear of fifth-place George Fox with one match left, and Whitworth holds the tiebreaker over the Bruins.
After defeating Puget Sound (2-10 overall, 1-10 NWC) by a similar 9-0 score at home earlier in the season, the only way the #4 seed would be in doubt is if the Loggers had won 9-0 today and the overall difference in games won-loss had been in favor of UPS. Ultimately that differential would prove impossible for the Loggers because they only competed with five players.
Whitworth won both doubles matches. Taylor Peña and Annabelle Burns edged Elizabeth Chao and Tresa Bild 8-6 in what would end up as the closest contest of the day. Saryn Mooney and Bella Hoyos rolled past Alison Goo and Claire Fitzgerald 8-2 at #2 doubles. UPS was unable to field a third team, leading to a free point for Caylee Lamm and Morgan McDivitt.
Hoyos earned her first victory of the season playing at the top of the Pirates' ladder. She defeated Chao 6-2, 6-3 at #1 singles to improve to 13-3 overall this season, 1-1 at #1.
Peña shut out Bild 6-0, 6-0 at #2 singles, while Burns won by the same score against Tamara Runnicles at #4 singles. Mooney nearly matched that feat with her 6-1, 6-0 win over Goo at #3. McDivitt defeated Fitzgerald 6-3, 6-0 at #5.
Whitworth will play at Pacific Lutheran on Sunday in the Pirates' final regular season match of 2015. The NWC tournament will be next weekend at NWC champion Whitman. As the #4 seed, Whitworth will play the host Missionaries in the first round.