PARKLAND – Pacific Lutheran knew it would have its hands full Saturday afternoon when it faced the Whitworth Pirates in a Northwest Conference women's tennis match at Sprinker Recreation Center.
Whitworth, which compiled a combined 43-1 dual record from 2009-11 while winning three consecutive NWC regular season title, was on its game today with a 9-0 victory over the Lutes.
The Pirates improved to 2-0 in the conference and 3-1 overall, while PLU fell to 0-4 overall and 0-2 in the conference.
PLU's No. 2 doubles team of Cora Wigen and Valery Jorgensen gave Megan Wingfield and Claire Hemming a tough battle before losing 8-6, but the Lutes managed to win just three games in the other two doubles matches as Whitworth got off to a quick 3-0 lead.
The Pirates won the No. 2 through No. 6 singles matches in straight sets, and in fact dropped only three total games in the bottom three spots. Those five Whitworth winners were Erica Bosman, Saryn Mooney, Wingfield, Jessi Steele and Hemming.
Pacific Lutheran sophomore Leah Newell came close to getting PLU's only point of the day but she came up just short against Alli Marshall at No. 1 singles, falling 1-6, 7-5, 1-0 (10-4).
The Lutes return to conference play next weekend, facing Linfield on Friday and George Fox on Saturday.
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