Holton-Burke Nets 2nd NWC Tennis Award

News Release Date:
Tuesday, April 5, 2011

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- For the second time this season, Whitman College junior Conor Holton-Burke has been named Northwest Conference Student Athlete of the Week for men's tennis.

His latest award, announced earlier today, recognizes his play last weekend, when Whitman stretched its winning streak in NWC regular season matches to 76.

On Saturday in Forest Grove, Ore., Whitman rolled over Pacific 9-0 with Holton-Burke winning in straight sets at No. 1 singles.

Conor Holton-Burke

With coach Jeff Northam juggling his regular doubles line-up, Holton-Burke teamed with senior Quin Miller for an 8-4 victory in the No. 2 slot.

Whitman returned home on Sunday to beat Whitworth in two matches that were played simultaneously, one in Bratton Tennis Center and one on the outdoor courts.

Both schools played most of their regulars in the match on the outdoor courts, and Holton-Burke cruised to another straight-set triumph at No. 1 singles. He and his usual doubles partner, freshman Andrew La Cava, reunited for a quick 8-2 win at No. 1 doubles.

With just one weekend left in the NWC regular season, Holton-Burke is the only player who remains undefeated in conference matches at No. 1 singles. He is 7-0 in the top spot in singles, and he and La Cava are 7-0 in the NWC at No. 1 doubles.

"Conor has gone all season in conference without a loss in singles or doubles," Northam said. "That is very impressive."

Holton-Burke was undefeated in all the spring matches he played as a freshman, going 10-0 in the lower half of the singles ladder and 8-0 in doubles. As a sophomore, he was 5-1 in NWC singles and 8-1 in doubles.

This spring, Holton-Burke won his first NWC weekly award in late February, after Whitman began pursuit of a fourth straight NWC title with a pair of one-sided road victories. 

With a deep roster, Whitman has funneled several players through its singles line-up and many have yet to lose in NWC matches. La Cava and sophomore Sam Sadeghi are also 7-0 on the season while senior Etienne Moshevich and Miller are 5-0 and 4-0, respectively.

Moshevich and sophomore Jeff Tolman, who have played most of the season at No. 2 doubles, are 8-0 against NWC opponents.

Now 10-0 in the NWC and 12-6 overall, Whitman is No. 22 in the latest NCAA Division III national rankings.

Assuming it holds onto first place in the final regular season standings, Whitman will host a four-team NWC playoff tournament on Saturday and Sunday, April 16-17. The winner of that playoff gets an automatic berth in the NCAA DIII national championship field.

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CONTACT: Dave Holden
Sports Information Director
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
509 527-5902; holden@whitman.edu