Whit Men's Tennis: Home Saturday Morning vs. Pioneers

News Release Date:
Friday, April 13, 2012

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- The Whitman College men's tennis team hopes to rub a few more bits of luster into its unprecedented run of success when it wraps up the regular season on Saturday with matches at home and in Lewiston, Idaho.

Andrew La Cava mashes tennis ball

Whitman, 11-0 in the NWC and 18-3 overall, can finish its sixth consecutive undefeated Northwest Conference regular season by beating Lewis & Clark in a home match that starts at 10 a.m. on the outdoor courts.

The Pioneers, who play Whitworth Friday afternoon in Spokane, are 2-8 in conference and 3-9 on the season.

As the Lewis & Clark match finishes, Whitman players and coach Jeff Northam will drive to Lewiston, for what promises to be a tough afternoon test against Lewis-Clark State.

Saturday will mark the seventh time this season that Whitman has played two matches in the same day.

Ranked No. 24 nationally in NAIA Division I, Lewis-Clark State handed Whitman one of its three losses this season. That match saw the Warriors win two of three close decisions in doubles and then split six equally competitive duals in singles for a 5-4 victory.

After dropping that squeaker and two decisions to NCAA Division I teams, Whitman has reeled off 18 straight victories while climbing to No. 8 in the NCAA Division III national rankings (No. 1 in the West Region).

Whitman has already clinched its fifth straight NWC title and earned the right to host the following weekend's NWC post-season tournament.

As the No. 1 seed, Whitman will play a 10 a.m. semifinal match on Saturday, April 21, against the No. 4 seed (either Whitworth or George Fox).

A second April 21 semifinal, also to be played at Whitman, will start at about 2 p.m. and pit No. 2 Pacific against Whitworth or George Fox.


The semifinal winners then meet the next day (Sunday, April 22) at 11 p.m. for the NWC's automatic berth in the NCAA DIII national championship tournament.

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