Whit men take top placings to Alabama

The doubles win is the fourth time in five years that Whitman has won the crown.


SALEM - The men's USTA/ITA Pacific Northwest championships were all Whitman Monday.

Missionary sophomore Conor Holton-Burke and freshman Andrew La Cava rolled to a 6-1, 6-1 victory over two of their teammates Monday afternoon at Willamette University in Salem, Ore.

By shooting past fellow Missionaries, senior Chris Bailey and sophomore Sam Sadeghi, in the doubles final, Holton-Burke and La Cava advance to the National Small College Championships in Mobile, Ala.

Earlier on Monday, La Cava won the regional singles title with a 6-1, 6-1 triumph over Willamette's Cody Ferguson. That means La Cava will also compete in singles at the national championships.

In Monday morning's singles semifinals, La Cava edged Holton-Burke 7-5, 7-5 while Ferguson beat Bailey in three sets (6-2, 2-6, 6-1).

In the finals, La Cava jumped on Ferguson early and rolled to a 6-1, 6-1 victory.

"Andrew likes to attack and come to the net," Whitman coach Jeff Northam said. "He kept his opponent off balance and executed his game plan perfectly."

La Cava, who didn't lose a single set during the tournament, teams with Holton-Burke later today to battle two more Whitman players for the doubles title.

"Going through the singles bracket without losing a set is a great effort for a freshman," Northam said. "Andrew is going to be a force for Whitman tennis for the next four years."

Holton-Burke, seeded No. 6 in the singles bracket, went to three sets on Sunday to knock off the No. 1 seed, Linfield College senior Mark Magdaong.

Bailey, seeded No. 9 in singles, beat the No. 2 and No. 5 seeds on Sunday with both matches going to three sets. He also teamed with Whitman sophomore Sam Sadeghi to win two Sunday doubles matches that "both went down to the wire," Northam said.

"Chris was so sore this morning that he had to cut short his warm-up," Northam said. "He played nine hours of tennis on Sunday at a very high level."

Monday's results mark the fifth consecutive year that a Whitman player has won the regional singles title at the annual fall tournament.

Whitman players have won the doubles crown four times in the last five years.


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