WALLA WALLA - The Whitman College men's tennis team ran its Northwest Conference regular season winning streak to 55 matches with a 9-0 victory over short-handed Lewis & Clark Sunday afternoon on the outdoor courts.
Whitman, off to a 5-0 start in the NWC this season (6-1 overall), swept the three matches in doubles and added straight-set victories in five singles matches.
Lewis & Clark had to forfeit at No. 6 singles when one of its six available players was hurt during doubles. The Pioneers slipped to 0-9 in conference and 0-11 on the season.
The afternoon's most competitive match came at No. 3 singles. After winning his first set 6-0, Whitman senior Jake Cappel had his hands full in scrambling past Lewis & Clark sophomore Quinn Roth-Carter by a 7-6 (7-4) margin in the second.
At No. 4 singles, junior Quin Miller outpointed freshman Kerry White 6-3, 6-1.
The best battle in doubles came at No. 2, where senior Thomas Roston and sophomore Adriel Borshanksy notched an 8-4 victory over Pioneer freshmen Junya Furakawa nad Wataru Nakamura.
Whitman collected 8-1 wins in the other two matches in doubles.
Senior Christoph Fuchs and sophomore Conor Holton-Burke downed Roth-Carter and senior Peter Ray at No. 1, and it was senior David Deming and freshman Matt Tesmond beating White and senior Andrew Davy at No. 3.
Other winners in singles for Whitman werre senior Matt Solomon at No. 1, freshman Sam Sadeghi at No. 2 and Deming at No. 5.
Whitman hosts two more NWC matches next weekend when Pacific Lutheran and Puget Sound come to Walla Walla on Friday and Saturday.
In matches last month in Tacoma, Whitman blanked Puget Sound 9-0 but squeaked past Pacific Lutheran 5-4.
Lewis & Clark plays at Pacific and George Fox next Friday and Saturday.