Whitmen men win 87th NWC straight match

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WALLA WALLA - Make it 87 straight Northwest Conference regular season victories for the Whitman College men's tennis team.

Whitman, which has not lost in the NWC regular season since April of 2006, extended its dominance on Saturday with a 9-0 victory over visiting Whitworth in the Bratton Tennis Center.

In pursuit of a fifth straight conference title, Whitman improved to 9-0 in the NWC and 16-3 on the season. The loss dropped Whitworth to 5-3 in the NWC and 8-6 overall.

Whitman, No. 9 in the latest NCAA Division III national rankings, got started Saturday with a sweep in doubles.

Conor Holton-Burke, the reigning NWC Player of the Year, teamed with Matt Tesmond for a 8-0 victory over Whitworth's Daniel Redfern and Cameron Williams at No. 1 doubles.

Andrew La Cava and Jeff Tolman were 8-3 winners at No. 2 doubles while Sam Sadeghi and James Rivers won by the same score at No. 3 doubles.

Whitman then swept each of the six matches in singles in straight sets.

La Cava beat Redfern 6-3, 6-2 at No. 1 singles while Tolman got the win in the No. 2 slot, beating Williams 6-4, 6-1.

Holton-Burke scrambled past Dustin McConnell 6-4, 6-2 at No. 3 singles, and it was Rivers rolling past Stefan Dernbach 6-0, 6-1 at No. 4.

Sadeghi downed Ben Hamming 6-2, 6-2 at No. 5 singles, and Adriel Borshansky finished off the sweep with a 6-1, 6-2 victory Chris Engleman at No. 6.

Both Whitman and Whitworth are done for the weekend and hit the road next weekend for NWC matches at Linfield and Willamette in western Oregon.

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