TACOMA, Wash. – Completing its dramatic climb from the bottom of the NWC women's tennis standings at mid-season, the Whitworth Pirates clinched a spot in the 2016 Northwest Conference tournament with a 7-2 victory at the University of Puget Sound on Sunday morning.
Whitworth improved to 7-11 overall and 6-6 in the NWC with the win. Combined with Linfield's victory over George Fox on Sunday, the Pirates finished alone in fourth place in the final NWC standings and will carry the #4 seed to Lewis & Clark in Portland this coming weekend.
Whitworth was 1-7 overall and 1-5 in the NWC in March. But the Pirates finished 5-1 in their last six NWC contests to move into the playoffs.
Sunday's clinching win began with a sweep of UPS in the doubles matches. Bella Hoyos and Jennifer Adams pulled out a tough 8-6 win over Nicole Bouche and Elizabeth Chao at #1 doubles. But that came after the two easier wins. Paige Rohrbach and KC McConnell beat Tressa Bild and Claire Fitzgerald 8-3 at #2, while Ashley Winslow and Emma Jo Wiley defeated Kyla Richards and Mei Roen 8-1 at #3.
The Pirates took four of the six singles matches to run away with the team victory. Hoyos beat Bouche 6-2, 6-2 at #1 singles, while Rohrbach defeated Fitzgerald 6-1, 6-3 at #4 singles. Winslow ran away from Richards 6-1, 6-1 at #5 and Caitlyn Heredia dominated Roen 6-0, 6-1 at #6.
Whitworth will take on top-seeded L&C on Saturday at 10:00 am in Portland. Second-seeded Whitman plays #3 Linfield in Saturday's second match.