WALLA WALLA - In one of two split-squad matches on Sunday, the Whitman College and Whitworth men's tennis teams played most of their front-line players on the Missionary outdoor courts, where it was the home team prevailing 8-1.
Whitman, which pocketed a 9-0 victory in Sunday's other match (played inside the Bratton Tennis Center), ran its Northwest Conference record to 10-0 and its season mark to 12-6.
Whitman can complete its fifth straight undefeated NWC regular season when it hosts Puget Sound and Pacific Lutheran next Saturday. The Whitmanties have won 76 consecutive regular season matches against conference foes.
Sunday's two losses dropped the Pirates to 6-4 in the NWC and 9-9 overall.
Whitman, ranked No. 22 nationally in NCAA Division III, took control of the outdoor match by winning two of three encounters in doubles.
Etienne "ET" Moshevich, the only senior playing outside for Whitman, teamed with sophomore Jeff Tolman for a quick 8-1 victory at No. 2 doubles.
Junior Conor Holton-Burke and freshman Andrew La Cava, the reigning ITA Northwest doubles champions, rolled to an 8-2 win in the No. 1 slot, beating Daniel Redfern and Colin Barrett.
The Pirates picked off a team point at No. 3 doubles, where Colin Zalewski and Henry Williams were 8-4 winners over sophomore Matt Tesmond and freshman Will Huskey.
Whitman then swept the six matches in singles, taking all but one in straight sets.
Tolman rallied at No. 4 for a 2-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-7) triumph over Whitworth senior Joe Wales.
Holton-Burke pinned a 6-3, 6-3 defeat on Redfern at No. 1 singles while La Cava beat Zalewski 6-0, 6-2 at No. 2. Moshevich knocked off Cameron Williams 6-2, 6-1 at No. 3.
Sophomore Sam Sadeghi at No. 5 and junior Adriel Borshanksy at No. 6 completed the singles sweep.
Earlier in the day, Sadeghi and Borshansky had played in doubles in the indoor match at the Bratton Tennis Center.
Whitman wraps up the regular season, and can nail down its fourth straight NWC championship, when it hosts Puget Sound at noon next Saturday and Pacific Lutheran at 10 a.m. next Saturday.
Assuming it finishes atop the regular season standings, Whitman will host a four-team post-season tourney on Saturday and Sunday, April 16-17. The winner of the playoff gets the NWC's automatic berth in the NCAA DIII national championship field.
Whitman 8, Whitworth 1
SINGLES - Conor Holton-Burke, Whitman, def. Daniel Redfern, Whitworth, 6-3, 6-3; Andrew La Cava, Whitman, def. Colin Zalewski, Whitworth, 6-0, 6-2; Etienne Moshevich, Whitman, def. Cameron Williams, Whitworth, 6-2, 6-1; Jeff Tolman, Whitman, def. Jeff Wales, Whitworth, 2-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-7); Sam Sadeghi, Whitman, def. Colin Barrett, Whitworth, 6-0, 6-4; Adriel Borshansky, Whitman, def. Henry Williams, Whitworth, 6-1, 6-1.
DOUBLES - Conor Holton-Burke/Andrew La Cava, Whitman, def. Daniel Redfern/Colin Barrett, Whitworth, 8-2; Etienne Moshevich/Jeff Tolman, Whitman, def. Joe Wales/Cameron Williams, Whitworth, 8-1; Colin Zalewski/Henry Williams, Whitworth, def. Will Huskey/Matt Tesmond, Whitman, 8-4.