LEWISTON, Idaho - A 19-match winning streak authored this spring by the Whitman College men's tennis team came to a close late Saturday afternoon with a 7-2 loss to NAIA powerhouse Lewis-Clark State in Lewiston, Idaho.
After polishing off an undefeated Northwest Conference season earlier in the day with a 8-1 home-court victory over Lewis and Clark, Whitman drove to Lewiston for a match that turned sour right from the start.
Lewis-Clark State, ranked No. 24 in the latest NAIA Division I Top 25 national poll, swept three competitive matches in doubles for an early 3-0 lead.
The Warriors then took four of six matches in singles, including two that were settled in three sets.
Whitman, No. 8 in the NCAA Division III national ranks, is now 19-4 on the season after its second loss this season to Lewis-Clark State. The Warriors edged Whitman 5-4 back in February in Walla Walla.
Sophomore Andrew La Cava, who has a No. 7 national ranking in singles, notched one of Whitman's team points with a 2-6, 6-0, 6-4 victory over Anders Tischer, a sophomore Gruenberg, Germany, at No. 1 singles.
Senior Adriel Borshansky ran his spring record to 19-1 with a 3-6, 6-1, 10-7 victory at No. 5 singles, where he rallied past Benjamin Robert, a senior from Noumea, New Caledonia.
Two other Whitman players dropped matches in singles in three sets.
Freshman James Rivers lost at No. 3 singles, falling 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 to Sam Tozer, a sophomore from Adelaide, Australia.
In a battle of juniors at No. 6 singles, Lewis-Clark State's Lincoln Gay outlasted Matt Tesmond 1-6, 6-3, 6-4.
In the remaining matches in singles, Whitman senior Conor Holton-Burke lost 6-4, 6-1 in the No. 2 slot to Ivan Krijanto, a junior from Jakarta, Indonesia, and junior Sam Sadeghi fell 6-1, 6-1 at No. 4 to Cesar Uauy, a senior from Santiago, Spain.
In doubles, Tischer and Robert got the win for the Warriors at No. 1, squeaking past Holton-Burke and Tesmond 8-6.
La Cava and Rivers lost 8-4 to Uauy and Krijanto at No. 2 doubles, and it was Tozer and Tyler Oram beating Borshansky and Sadeghi by an 8-5 count.
Whitman, which has yet to lose to NCAA DIII team this season, hosts a four-team NWC post-season tournament next Saturday and Sunday.
The winner of that tournament gets the NWC's automatic berth in the NCAA DIII national championship tournament.