by Nathan Webber
The Pirate men’s tennis team dominated the Lewis & Clark Pioneers on Friday night, winning all nine matches. Whitworth, 1-0 in the NWC and 2-3 overall, took five of the nine matches in undefeated fashion.
The Pioneers, falling to 0-1 in the NWC and 0-2 overall, have won only 13 of their last 96 played.
The closest match of the day came in the No. 5 singles contest between the Bucs’ senior Colin Barrett and L&C Sam Franer. Barrett defeated Franer 6-4, 6-1.
Whitworth sophomore Cameron Williams won both his matches. Alongside his senior brother Henry Williams, he clinched the No. 3 doubles victory with a perfect 8-0 score, and later in singles competition defeated Lewis & Clark’s Muneeb Khan 6-0, 6-0 at No. 4.
Junior Daniel Redfern defeated George Allen 6-3, 6-1 in the No. 1 singles match and seniors Joe Wales and Colin Zalewski defeated George Allen and Quinn Roth-Carter 8-3 in the No. 1 doubles match.
Saturday the Pirates took on the Willamette University Bearcats. Despite the fact that they haven’t defeated the Bearcats since (when), the Pirates hoped to hold their own.
The match took a quick turn in Bearcats’ favor, and at the end of the three doubles matches, the Pirates were down 0-3.
Redfern, Cameron Williams and Barrett put three points on the board for the Pirates at No. 1, No. 4 and No. 5 singles, respectively.
The Pirates will be on the road in Seattle against the University of Puget Sound Loggers on Friday, Feb. 25 and the Pacific University Boxers in Oregon on Saturday, Feb. 26.