Women’s tennis eliminated by Whitman

Whitworth’s season comes to a close after conference tournament loss

The Whitworth women’s tennis team’s season came to an end on Saturday as the Missionaries of Whitman College beat the Pirates 9-0 in the semifinals of the Northwest Conference Tournament at the Linfield Tennis Center in McMinnville, Ore.

“Yesterday’s match was bitter sweet because it was our last match,” senior Alli Marshall said. “We knew Whitman was going to be really tough. They won the right points and beat us, but we definitely played our hardest.”

Whitworth finished the season with a 9-4 conference record, a 13-7 overall record and 10th place ranking in the region.

“The season was a lot of fun,” head coach Jo Ann Wagstaff said. “We came a long way and improved a lot.”

After sweeping the doubles portion of the match, Whitman won the next two singles matches for the team victory, which left the four other singles matches unfinished.

Five seniors saw their Pirate tennis careers end on Saturday, including the top two singles players and the No. 1 doubles team of Marshall and Erica Bosman.

“I feel really blessed to have been on this team for four years,” Marshall said. “It’s been amazing and I wouldn’t change anything.”

Bosman finishes her career with 123 total wins, and Marshall leaves with 101 wins. The three other Pirate seniors are Claire Hemming (52 wins), Siri Carlson (31 wins) and Janell Talbot (12 wins).

“It is a huge loss (about losing the graduating seniors),” Wagstaff said. “They all contributed a whole bunch and we’ll miss them a lot. Erica went from the No. 5 player her freshman year to the No. 2 this year. Claire went from our No. 10 or 11 player her freshman year to our No. 6 player this year. As a coach it’s fun to watch players improve and succeed.”

Ranked 8th in the region, the Missionaries overcame stiff competition from the Pirates in the opening doubles matches.

The No. 1 doubles team of Marshall and Bosman were overpowered by Whitman’s No. 1 doubles team of junior Alyssa Roberg and freshman Courtney Lawless 8-2.

The No. 2 doubles match was the closest of the day. Pirate junior Jessi Steele and freshman Saryn Mooney couldn’t overcome the Missionary team of senior Emily Rolston and freshman Morgan Lawless, losing 8-6.

Junior Megan Wingfield and Hemming had the second closest match on Saturday but fell to Whitman’s No. 3 doubles team of sophomore Hannah Palkowitz and freshman Madison Webster 8-4.

“The match could have gone either way -especially in doubles - even if the score didn’t reflect that,” Talbot said.

Starting the singles matches with a 3-0 lead, Whitman left the rest of the match in the hands of the Lawless twins. Courtney Lawless defeated Bosman 6-0, 6-0 in No. 2 singles and Morgan Lawless beat Steele 6-0, 6-2 in No. 3 singles to close out the match.

“Whitman was just tough,” Wagstaff said. “We stuck with them but couldn’t come through.”

There were four matches that remained unfinished at that point. Whitworth was actually leading in three of those four matches but they stopped after Whitman earned the necessary five wins.

Mooney was beating junior Kate Kunkel-Patterson 6-3, 3-1 in No. 4 singles. Wingfield, who almost completed her match, was winning in No. 5 singles against Missionary Webster 6-2, 5-2. Hemming was ahead of Rolston 6-0, 1-3 in No. 6 singles.

The other unfinished match was in No. 1 doubles with Whitman junior Roberg leading Whitworth senior Marshall 2-6, 2-3.

“It was a really great season,” Marshall said. “It was nice to have new people. We definitely improved over the season and our scores reflect that.”

Whitman advanced to the Northwest Conference Championship game on Sunday with an 11-2 conference record and a 16-4 overall record. Whitman defeated hosting Linfield College Wildcats 5-1 to win the tournament, advancing the team to the NCAA Division III Tournament.

Whitman has a young team, which will be hard to beat in the coming years. Whitworth hopes to follow suit.

“I’m looking forward to next season,” Wagstaff said. “We have good recruits coming in and the players coming back had a great year.”

 

Story by Nathan Webber Staff Writer

Photography by Hope Barnes

 

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Spotted from the crow's nest: Alli Marshall, women’s tennis

Senior tennis player Alli Marshall is on the verge of finishing a strong four year career at Whitworth. In her Whitworth career, Marshall has won three Northwest Conference Championships, been Second Team All-NWC once and First Team All-NWC twice. Currently, she is Whitworth’s No. 1 singles player and is part of the No. 1 doubles team.

Marshall has won at least 20 games in each of her four seasons on the team, the most coming in her freshman year when she won 29 games. Recently she won her 100th game as a Pirate after she and her doubles partner, senior Erica Bosman, beat George Fox’s No. 1 doubles team 8-4 last Saturday.

“She has been a really solid No. 1 for us,” head coach Jo Ann Wagstaff said. “She is a great example of a person that plays hard and never gives up on a point. She goes for every ball as hard as she can and it inspires the rest of the team to play hard.”

The senior from Salem, Ore., has been playing tennis since she was 8 years old and excelled at the sport at Sprague High School. Marshall wanted to continue playing tennis after high school, which led her to Whitworth. “I wasn’t sure where I wanted to go but my sister, who’s a year older, went here [Whitworth] so I came to check out the campus,” Marshall said. “I loved it.”

Throughout her four years Marshall has made a lot of memories.

“Every Spring Break trip we went on was amazing,” Marshall said. “All the girls get along so well. We won conference and went to nationals in California my freshman year. It was also really fun to win conference three years in a row, too, it was wonderful.”

Marshall works hard on and off the court as she is double majoring in journalism and mass communication and kinesiology. She is currently planning on taking a year off after school is over to prepare for her Graduate Record Exam for graduate school.

“Since her freshman year she has worked really hard on becoming a more consistent and powerful player, and it’s paid off,” Wagstaff said.

That hard work has paid off on the court as Marshall currently leads the team in doubles wins and is third in the conference in singles win percentage as Whitworth’s No. 1 singles player.

“Her forehand is really great, definitely her best shot,” teammate Claire Hemming said.

Hemming, a fellow senior and roommate, had a lot of good things to say about Marshall when asked what she is like off the court.

“I have lived with Alli for a couple of years,” Hemming said. “She is very personable, always engaging people and making them feel good.”

Marshall is sitting at 21 wins so far this season and  said she hopes to continue her streak on April 21 when the tennis team takes on Whitman in the first round of the Northwest Conference Tournament. The team, and Marshall, are striving for their third tournament championship in three years.

 

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Photography by Greg Moser

 

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Women's tennis ends regular season schedule with weekend sweep

The Pirate women’s tennis team finished out the Northwest Conference regular season on a high note, earning two wins on the road against Lewis & Clark College on Friday and George Fox University on Saturday.

The Pirates finish the regular season with a 9-3 conference record and a 13-5 overall record, placing third in the Northwest Conference. Whitworth finished the season ranked 10th in the region.

“We played well this weekend,” head coach Jo Ann Wagstaff said. “We didn’t have our No. 6 singles player but Janell [Talbot] stepped in and played well.”

On Friday, the Bucs were able to sweep the Boxers 9-0 in a dominating performance. Except for the highly competitive No. 1 doubles and singles matches, no Pirate allowed her opponent to win more than three games in any set.

Junior Jessi Steele had a strong day, winning in No. 4 singles 6-1, 6-1 and then teaming up with freshman Saryn Mooney for the 8-1 win in the No. 2 doubles slot.

Saturday went almost as well as the Bucs defeated the Bruins 8-1.

Three matches took extra time to complete, but the Pirates pulled out wins in two of the games. Senior Janell Talbot came back from losing the first set in her singles match for a 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 win over Bruin Alissandra Wittrig.

Steele and Mooney had a very close match in No. 2 doubles but held on for the 9-8 (7-3) victory. It was the doubles pair’s fifth win of the season playing No. 2 doubles.

Whitworth will take on Lewis-Clark State College Wednesday April 15 in the team’s last non-conference home match before the Northwest Conference Tournament on April 21-22 where they take on Whitman College in the first round.

 

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Women's tennis splits weekend home matches

The Whitworth women’s tennis team came out of the weekend 1-1 after a decisive win against Willamette University and a close loss to Linfield College on Friday and Saturday at the Scotford Tennis Center. The Pirates, who finished out their final conference matches at home, moved to 7-3 in the Northwest Conference and 11-5 overall.

"The team played very well this weekend; I’m pleased with pretty much everything,” head Coach Jo Ann Wagstaff said. “We played much better against Linfield. We had a shot at winning the match.”

Junior Jessi Steele won three of her four matches on the weekend, two of them singles matches, improving her singles win-streak to 14 matches. She hasn’t lost a home match this season and is 15-1 in singles overall this year.

On Friday the Pirates swept the Bearcats in doubles and pulled out several close three-set matches on their way to a 7-2 win.

The No. 1 singles team of Alli Marshall and Erica Bosman made quick work of Willamette’s No. 1 doubles team, winning 8-2. Steele and freshman Saryn Mooney defeated the Bearcats No. 2 doubles team 8-4. In No. 3 doubles, senior Claire Hemming and junior Megan Wingfield finished out the sweep with an 8-1 win.

“We beat Willamette’s second doubles team fairly decisively after they beat us last time we played. It was a good win,” Wagstaff said. “We worked really hard on our volleys since spring break with our doubles team, and it’s paying off.”

Marshall also took care of business in No. 1 singles as she defeated senior Bearcat Shannon Palmer 6-2, 6-2. It was Marshall’s eighth win in singles and 18th win overall.

After taking an early 4-0 lead against the Bearcats, the Pirates lost their next two matches but won the final three to halt Willamette’s comeback and seal the victory.

Bosman lost in one of the most competitive matches of the day, falling to Willamette’s No. 2 singles player 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7-3). Mooney also lost a close three-setter in No. 3 singles 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.

“Longer matches are physically harder, obviously, but they prepare me mentally for similar matches in the future,”  Bosman said.

Steele notched her second win of the day in No. 4 singles, defeating Bearcat senior Emily Bee 6-1, 3-6, 6-1.

Wingfield won a close match in No. 5 singles, defeating Willamette sophomore Emily Funabiki 6-3, 3-6, 1-0 (10-6). Senior Siri Carlson finished off the Bearcats in No. 6 singles, wining 6-3, 6-4.

The Bucs fought just as hard on Saturday, but fell to the Linfield Wildcats, the top team in the Northwest Conference, 6-3.

The Pirates fell into a 4-0 hole early after the Wildcats took all three highly competitive doubles matches and the No. 1 singles match. All three doubles matches were within four games, the third match going into extra games as Hemming and Wingfield fell 9-7.

“We need to keep improving at the same rate in doubles,” Wagstaff said. “We have been working so hard at doubles though we need to remind ourselves about ground strokes in singles.”

The first win of the day came in No. 2 singles as Bosman defeated sophomore Caroline Brigham 6-3, 6-3, after Brigham beat her in doubles.

“I think my singles and doubles games are very different,” Bosman said. “When I’m playing doubles I can see my opponents strengths and weaknesses and I can use it against them in singles later.”

Steele followed two matches later who beat Willamette’s No. 4 singles player 6-1, 6-4.

Whitworth’s third win came in No. 6 singles as Hemming defeated freshman Kelly Watanabe 6-1, 6-2. This was Hemming’s 12th singles win of the season and 24th win of the season.

“It’s very helpful to play a team like Linfield right before the conference tournament,” Carlson said. “One through six they are very competitive, especially in doubles, it helps to play teams like that.”

The women’s tennis team will travel to Oregon this weekend to take on Lewis & Clark College and George Fox University on Friday and Saturday in the last conference matches before the Northwest Conference Tournament.

 

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Women's tennis: Performance despite loss

The Whitworth women’s tennis team came out on the losing end of a top-10 regional matchup on Saturday, losing 6-3 to No.10 Whitman College at the Scotford Tennis Center. The Pirates, currently ranked ninth in the region with a 10-4 overall record, pulled out three wins in the bottom half of the singles lineup and kept almost every match within reach.

“Overall I was pleased with our performance,” head coach Jo Ann Wagstaff said. “Whitman had just come back from a close loss to the No. 8 team in the nation so we knew they were going to be tough to beat, but we stayed with them.”

Junior Jessi Steele beat Whitman’s No. 4 singles player 6-3, 7-5 for her 13th singles win this season. Steele is currently on a 12-game singles win streak.

Whitworth, now third place in the Northwest Conference, was swept in doubles after an intense No. 1 doubles matchup. Seniors Alli Marshall and Erica Bosman came back for a 6-6 tie after being down by three games early, but eventually fell 8-6. The two also lost competitive matches in singles as Marshall fell 6-4, 6-2 in the No. 1 slot while Bosman lost 6-4, 6-3 in the No. 2 spot.

“Whitman’s top-three players could play Division I tennis and we played well against them,” Wagstaff said. “Our No. 1 doubles team played them very close and I am very happy with their performance.”

Senior Claire Hemming and junior Megan Wingfield bounced back in singles after the two lost in No. 3 doubles to the Missionary team of freshman Madison Webster and sophomore Hannah Palkowitz.

Wingfield won a close match with the No. 5 Whitman singles player, winning 7-5, 7-5, and Hemming outlasted Whitman senior Emily Rolston 6-0, 4-6, 1-0 (10-6). It was Hemming’s first singles win after losing her first singles match of the season on March 22 in Orlando, Fla., where the Pirates went 3-1 over the Spring Break trip. The win was Hemming’s 22nd of the season and Wingfield recorded her 16th win of the season.

The Whitworth women will stay at home this weekend as they host Willamette University and first-place Linfield College on Friday and Saturday.

 

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Women's tennis undefeated in conference

 

The Whitworth Pirates women’s tennis team picked up two conference wins over the weekend, beating the Bruins of George Fox University 8-1 and the Lewis & Clark College Pioneers 8-1 at the Scotford Tennis Center last Friday and Saturday. The Pirates improved to 5-0 in the Northwest Conference and 6-1 overall, tying Linfield College for first place in the conference.

“We’re getting into the flow of the season,” senior Alli Marshall said. “A couple of people were out with injuries, but others stepped up so the weekend went well.”

The Pirates extend their current conference win streak to 22 matches, with their last conference loss coming in 2010, that was a 5-4 loss at Linfield.

Marshall and senior Erica Bosman had a strong weekend. The two teamed up to win both of their doubles matches, improving their record to 5-2 on the year. Marshall and Bosman also won their singles matches Friday and Saturday. Marshall is now 5-2 in the No. 1 singles spot and Bosman is 5-1 in the No. 2 spot this season. The Bucs are 5-0 as a team this season when the No. 1 team of Marshall and Bosman win their doubles match.

“Winning doubles is really important because it sets the tone for the rest of the match,” Marshall said. “It takes some of the pressure off singles, so it’s always good to start off with a win.”

On Friday, the Pirates picked up a quality win at home against George Fox. The doubles teams kicked off the match with three straight wins, led by the No. 1 senior doubles team of Marshall and Bosman. Those two Pirates shut out the Bruin’s No. 1 doubles team, winning 8-0. Marshall later beat the Bruin’s No. 1 singles player, junior Molly Beaumont, 6-4, 6-2.

Freshman Saryn Mooney and junior Jessi Steele also had standout performances against the Bruins. The two combined for an 8-3 win in No. 2 doubles and each picked up a win in singles as Mooney won 6-0, 6-1 at No. 2 singles and Steele won 6-2, 6-2 at No. 3 singles.

Senior Claire Hemming kept her undefeated season alive by defeating George Fox’s freshman Chantelle Hadeed in No. 5 singles 7-5, 6-0. Hemming also teamed up with freshman Morgan McDivitt in No. 3 doubles, beating the Bruins No. 3 doubles squad 8-4.

“The men’s coach, Mike Shanks, told me that ‘you need to be playing to win, instead of playing not to lose’ so I just say that to myself before serves to maintain my mental toughness,” Hemming said.

Senior Janell Talbot closed out Friday’s match in No. 6 singles, winning 5-7, 6-1, 1-0 (10-2).

Whitworth matched Friday’s performance on Saturday, notching another 8-1 win against Lewis & Clark.

“We got to play outside and rest a couple of our top players, and we still won 8-1,” head coach Jo Ann Wagstaff said.

Marshall and Bosman finished the weekend the way they started it, winning 8-3 in the No. 1 doubles slot. The two also won their singles. Marshall beat Pioneer freshman Lisa Osepyan in No. 1 singles 6-2, 6-0 and Bosman, currently on a four-game singles win streak, won her No. 2 singles match against senior Jill Coleman 6-4, 6-1.

Whitworth’s No. 3 and No. 5 singles players each pulled out three-set thrillers on Saturday. Mooney, who improves to 4-2 in singles on the season, defeated Pioneer freshman Gillian Lowe 3-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-5) in No. 3 singles.

“Saryn was playing a powerful player with a huge serve and we were trying to figure out ways to make her force some errors,” Wagstaff said. “Saryn was the more mentally tough player in the end.”

Two matches later, senior Siri Carlson improved to 2-0 in the No. 5 singles spot, as she beat Lewis & Clark freshman Justine Minette 3-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-4).

“The weather was more of a factor with Siri’s match,” Wagstaff said. “The wind was blowing and she used the wind to her advantage. Siri was the better player; it was just getting used to the elements.”

Carlson and Hemming added another win in the No. 3 doubles spot, winning 8-1. Both Carlson and Hemming have gone undefeated in doubles this season, Carlson improving to 2-0 and Hemming earning her seventh doubles win.

“We played really well,” Hemming said. “We weren’t sure how this weekend was going to go because our competition was better than it was last year. We had some close matches but we stayed with them.”

The Pirates will travel to Oregon as they take on the Bearcats of Willamette University on Friday and the Linfield College Wildcats on Saturday, trying to claim sole possession of first place in the Northwest Conference.

“This was a good setup weekend for next weekend’s matches,” Hemming said. “It was definitely a confidence booster to do as well as we did.”

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Women's tennis claims pair of conference victories

Strong singles play for the Whitworth women’s tennis team on Saturday helped the Bucs to notch another Northwest Conference win, as they defeated Pacific University in the Scot- ford Tennis Center.

Trailing 3-1 after the first four matches, the Pirates won five straight singles matches for the victory. Whitworth improves to 3-0 in the NWC and 4-1 overall.

“I’m really happy with the way we played singles,” head coach Jo Ann Wagstaff said. “Losing in doubles really fired the team up for singles. We played our best singles all year.”

Freshman Saryn Mooney was a part of two wins for the Pirates. Mooney and senior Claire Hemming earned the first point for Whitworth as the two beat Pacific’s No. 3 doubles team 8-0. Mooney also defeated the Boxers Rachel Mizuno in No. 3 singles later in the match.

Pirate senior Erica Bosman started the comeback in singles play as she defeated Pacific’s Megan Yoshimoto 6-1, 6-1 in No. 2 singles after Boxer Cat Goya defeated Whitworth senior Alli Marshall in No. 1 singles.

After being beaten in doubles by Pacific’s Lillian Do and Kelsey Trujillo, Whitworth juniors Megan Wingfield and Jessi Steele got their revenge in singles play as Wingfield beat Trujillo 6-2, 6-4 in No. 4 singles and Steele defeated Do 6-0, 6-0 in the No. 5 singles spot.

Senior Siri Carlson finished off the Boxers by defeating Pacific’s Kelsey Lack 6-2, 6-1 in No. 6 singles.

Whitworth will stay home next weekend as it takes on George Fox University and Lewis & Clark College March 9 and 10.

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Women's tennis opens conference play with victories

The Whitworth women’s tennis team opened Northwest Conference play strong on Friday and Saturday as they defeated University of Puget Sound 7-2 and Pacific Lutheran University 9-0 being led by a few Pirate seniors.

“It’s a really good way to start the season,” senior Alli Marshall said.

Whitworth moved into a tie for first place in the conference with the two wins and are now 3-1 on the year and 2-0 in the NWC.

“The weekend went well,” assistant coach Colin Storm said. “Winning our first two conference games is always nice. We saw some spaces where we can improve and but we’re happy we came away with two wins.”

This year, Whitworth has been dominant in their wins as they have beaten their opponents 9-0, 7-2, 9-0 in three wins, two on the road.

“It’s big for our confidence when we can win outside of our bubble,” Storm said.

On Friday, Marshall beat the Loggers No. 1 singles player 6-1, 7-5 and senior Erica Bosman defeated UPS’s No. 2 singles 6-3, 6-3. Marshall and Bosman combined in No. 1 doubles to defeat the Loggers No.1 doubles 8-2.

“UPS played us tough so it’s always good to get a win out of there,” Storm said.

Those two again teamed up against PLU in No.1 doubles, beating the Lutes 8-2. In singles, Bosman controlled her singles match, defeating the Lutes No.2 player 6-2, 6-3 in straight sets. Marshall had a close match-up against the Lutes No.1 player, but came out on top winning 1-6, 7-5, 1-0 (11-9).

“That match was too close for comfort,” Marshall said. “I started out not being on my game at all so I had to adopt a new game. I’m really proud of the team though, the other girls had tough matches too and everyone pulled [wins] out.”

Senior Claire Hemming continued her undefeated streak the season, winning all four matches she played on the weekend. On Friday she defeated UPS’s Ada Yu 6-2, 6-3 in singles and combined with freshman Saryn Mooney in doubles to defeat the Loggers No.3 doubles team 8-4. Hemming defeated the Lutes Catherine Miolla 6-0, 6-2 and defeated the Lutes No.2 doubles team with junior Megan Wingfield 8-6. Hemming is now 7-0 on the year.

The Bucs’ Wingfield defeated UPS’s Marissa Friedman 7-5, 6-4 and junior Jessi Steele defeated Logger Josephine Dow 6-3, 6-4 in singles play on Friday. The two juniors also won on Saturday as Wingfield overwhelmed the Lutes No.4 singles player 6-0, 6-1 and Steele shut out her opponent winning 6-0, 6-0.

Those two wins came on the road which was huge for the Pirates.

“Winning on the road is really important,” Marshall said. “Conference is tougher this year than any other that I’ve been in. It also helps with team bonding, too, so it’s a good experience.”

The Pirates will stay home for their first conference home game of the 2012 season as they take on Pacific University (Ore.) on March 3.

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Women’s tennis splits in opening weekend

The Whitworth women’s tennis team kicked off its season on Feb. 19, splitting in matches versus the College of Idaho and Lewis-Clark State College. The Pirates swept the College of Idaho 9-0 in their first match of the day. At No. 1 doubles, senior Alli Marshall and senior Erica Bosman won their match 8-3. Senior Claire Hemming and freshman Saryn Mooney claimed an 8-1 victory at No. 2 doubles while senior Siri Carlson and freshman Morgan McDivitt had an 8-0 win at No. 1 doubles.

Marshall and Bosman also competed in the No. 1 and No. 2 singles matches respectively. Marshall won her match 6-2, 6-1 while Bosman had a 6-2, 6-0 victory. Junior Megan Wingfield

finished with a 6-1, 6-1 win at No. 3 singles and junior Jessi Steele rolled to a 6-0, 6-0 win. At No. 5 and No. 6 matches, Carlson and Hemming both swept their opponents 6-0, 6-0.

“These were our first matches of the season and we were going against teams who had played already,” assistant coach Colin Storms said. “We got to see what we need to work on.”

Later in the afternoon Whitworth faced Lewis-Clark State College, falling to the ­Warriors 8-1.

Wingfield and Hemming earned the lone point for the Pirates, defeating their opponents 8-5 at No. 3 doubles. At No. 2 doubles, Mooney and Steele came up short 8-4 and Marshall and Bosman fell 8-3 at No. 1 doubles.

In singles action, the Pirates played the Warriors close as Mooney and Steele competed through three sets at No. 3 singles and No. 5 singles respectively. Mooney was defeated 7-6, 2-6, 6-2 and Steele lost 5-7, 7-5, 1-0 (10-8). Bosman began a close contest at No. 2 singles but an injury ended her match early. Wingfield lost 6-3, 7-5 at No. 4 singles, while Marshall fell short 6-2, 6-0 in the No. 1 singles match.

“We were pretty pleased over all,” Storms said. “Next week we start conference matches, so it’s good to get a few matches in before then.”

Whitworth will open conference play in Tacoma on Feb. 24 and 25 against the University of Puget Sound and Pacific Lutheran University.

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