PARKLAND, Wash. – Thanks to Morgan McDivitt's marathon singles victory, Whitworth heads into the 2015 Northwest Conference women's tennis tournament coming off of a hard-fought 5-4 victory at Pacific Lutheran on Sunday.
The Pirates improved to 9-8 overall and 8-4 in the NWC and will be the #4 seed at this coming weekend's NWC tournament at Whitman. PLU closes out its season 7-9 overall and 3-9 in the NWC.
The ultimate difference in the match came in doubles where Whitworth took two of three contests. Saryn Mooney and Bella Hoyos won 8-1 over Allison McClure and Megan Beyers at #2 doubles, while Caylee Lamm and Morgan McDivitt defeated Emily Bower and Emily Beemsterboer 8-4 at #3.
The #1 doubles match was a grueling affair before PLU's Caroline Dreher and Samantha Lund edged Taylor Peña and Annabelle Burns 9-8 (7-4).
With only a 2-1 lead heading to singles, the match was still in doubt. And PLU tied the contest quickly at 2-2 when Peña was forced to retire while trailing the first set 4-2 at #2 singles.
But then Whitworth won the next two matches for a 4-2 lead. Mooney rolled past Lund 6-1, 6-2 at #3 singles and Burns beat Beyers 6-4, 6-2 at #4.
Dreher closed out Hoyos 6-4, 7-5 at the top of the ladder to get the Lutes back within 4-3 and PLU tied everything up at 4-4 when Beemsterboer defeated Lamm 6-2, 6-2 at #6.
That left it all riding on the outcome of the #5 singles match between McDivitt and Bower. McDivitt ultimately pulled out a 6-2, 5-7, 7-6 (8-6) thriller to give Whitworth the team victory.
The Pirates had already clinched the #4 seed to next week's NWC tournament and will face top-seeded Whitman on Friday at 10:00 am in the first round.