WALLA WALLA - A dominating performance in doubles carried into singles as Whitman College blanked George Fox 9-0 in men's tennis action Saturday afternoon in the Bratton Tennis Center.
Whitman, the two-time defending Northwest Conference champion, improved to 3-0 in league and 4-1 overall. The Bruins slipped to 1-2 and 2-2.
The best battle in the opening set of doubles matches came at No. 2, where Scott Barnett and Nick Jenness inched in front 3-2. But Whitman senior Christoph Fuchs and junior Quin Miller won six of the next seven games for an 8-4 victory.
The other two doubles matches were all Whitman. Senior Matt Solomon and junior Etienne Moshevich rolled to an 8-0 victory at No. 1 against Pedro Munoz and Juan Munoz.
At No. 2, senior Jasper Follows and freshman Jeff Tolman jumped to a 7-0 lead before closing an 8-1 win.
The top four matches in singles were played on the indoor courts. Junior Chris Bailey was the first to finish at No. 4, where he posted a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Jenness.
Meanwhile, the No. 5 and No. 6 matches in singles played outside in sunny but chilly conditions. Follows won against Chris Schoon 6-0, 6-0 at No. 6, and Fuchs dispatched Matt Gardner 6-2, 6-2 at No. 5.
Back inside, Moshevich was a 6-0, 6-1 winner over Pedro Munoz at No. 2, and Tolman survived a second-set test for a 6-1, 7-5 victory over Juan Munoz at No. 3.
In the featured match at No. 1 singles, Solomon overcame early resistance en route to a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Barnett.
George Fox, under new coach Neal Ninteman, hosts Puget Sound and Pacific Lutheran next Friday and Saturday.
Whitman, which has won 53 consecutive NWC regular season matches dating back to the spring of 2006, is off for the next few weeks. Its next matches are March 6-7 hosting Willamette and Lewis & Clark.