SPOKANE, Wash. – The Whitworth women's tennis team picked up a 7-2 victory over visiting Pacific (Ore.) in a Northwest Conference match on Saturday at the Scotford Tennis Center.
The Pirates improved to 5-10 overall and 4-6 in the NWC. More importantly, Whitworth remains very much in the hunt for the fourth and final NWC tournament berth. The Boxers dropped to 6-8, 4-5.
But the other two doubles contests were very close. Bella Hoyos and Jennifer Adams pulled out an 8-6 win over Kaitlyn Lomartire and Danielle du Plooy at #1. Then KC McConnell and Paige Rohrbach edged Kanani Kea and Chantelle Baclay 9-7 at #3.
Ashley Winslow increased the Pirates' lead to 4-0 when she quickly dispatched Carlee Rhodaback 6-2, 6-0 at #6 singles. But Pacific got back within 4-1 following Baclay's 6-4, 6-4 win over Adams at #3 singles.
Burns clinched Whitworth's team victory with a 6-0, 6-2 win over Hayashi at #5 singles.
The Boxers got their second point when du Plooy finished off a 6-3, 6-2 in over Wiley at #2 singles. But the rest of the matches belonged to Whitworth. McConnell beat Kea 6-4, 7-6 (3) at #4 singles and Hoyos edged Lomartire 4-6, 7-5, 1-0 (10-8) at #1 in the only match to go past two sets.
Whitworth will conclude its weekend with a non-conference contest on Sunday against Lewis-Clark State (Idaho). Then the Pirates will finish off the regular season on April 16-17 at Pacific Lutheran and Puget Sound. A sweep of PLU (currently 4-5 in the NWC) and UPS (1-8) will give Whitworth the final NWC playoff spot.