Men win NWC tennis title
It was another strong year on the courts for the Whitman men’s tennis team, which rolled through its second consecutive undefeated Northwest Conference regular season, won an NWC title and advanced to the NCAA Division III national championship tournament for a second straight year. Despite a 5-1 loss in the second round to Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, the nation’s second-ranked team, Whitman ended its season with a 22-10 record and No. 20 national ranking.
Whitman’s first NWC title since the 2004 season was earned with a decisive 8-1 shellacking of Pacific Lutheran University in late April in Yakima.
Matt Solomon ’10 (pictured here), Los Gatos, Calif., who played No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles for Whitman, was named NWC Player of the Year. Older brother Daniel Solomon ’09 also was named to the NWC First Team.
Chris Bailey ’11, Mercer Island, Wash., and Jake Cappel ’10, River Forest, Ill., earned All-NWC Second Team honors. Others who played in the title match were Justin Hayashi ’09, Kirkland, Wash., and Dan Wilson ’10, Bellevue, Wash.; Nadeem Kassam ’10, Vancouver, B.C., and Jasper Follows ’10, W. Vancouver, B.C.
Coach Jeff Northam ’88 also shared in postseason honors, winning NWC Coach-of-the-Year recognition for the third time since the 2000 season.
Whitman women’s tennis players Elise Otto ’11, Spokane, Wash., and Hadley DeBree ’10, Ketchum, Idaho, earned spots on the All-NWC First Team. Katie Oost ’09, Poulsbo, Wash., was named to the NWC Second Team. The women’s team placed third in the NWC finals.