WALLA WALLA, Wash. — Between the two of them, seniors Conor Holton-Burke and Adriel Borshansky have collected nearly 190 career victories in singles and doubles as part of a Whitman College men’s tennis dynasty that has taken root over the past six years.
Holton-Burke and Borshansky, the only seniors on the roster this season, take to the Whitman courts for their final home matches this weekend as the Northwest Conference post-season tournament comes to campus.
Whitman, the five-time NWC champion, faces Whitworth at 10 a.m. Saturday in one of two tournament semifinal matches.
By beating the Pirates, Whitman can advance to Sunday’s 11 a.m. final against the winner of Saturday’s other semifinal.
That second semifinal, which pits Pacific against George Fox, is slated for a 2 p.m. start on Whitman’s courts.
The winner of Sunday’s final gets the NWC’s automatic berth in the NCAA Division III national championship tournament.
Both Holton-Burke and Borshansky have played key roles this spring as Whitman pieced together its best season in more than two decades.
Ranked No. 1 in the West Region and No. 8 nationally, Whitman is 19-4 on the season, 12-0 in NWC matches, and 19-0 against DIII opponents.
Holton-Burke, the reigning NWC Player of the Year, is 14-6 in singles this spring, which includes a 9-1 mark in NWC matches. He is 15-7 in doubles, playing most of those matches with junior Matt Tesmond.
Borshansky has been all but unbeatable in singles during his senior campaign. After dropping a three-set decision to a player from the NAIA’s Lewis-Clark State back in February, he has won his last 19 matches.
While helping Whitman post its sixth straight undefeated NWC regular season, Borshanksy and Holton-Burke have continued to shine just as brightly in the classroom.
Borshansky, who came to Whitman from Ridgewood, N.J, […]