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Monday, October 19, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Adversity didn’t slow Pirates tennis player Marissa Kirk

Riding in a 15-passenger van in Florida, after a loss players felt should have been a win, the Whitworth women’s tennis team stewed in silence. They had lost 6-3 to St. Olaf, a team from Minnesota they expected to beat, by way of four tiebreakers.

Net gain for all

This weekend, in front of a home Whitworth University audience, marks the end of the illustrious women’s tennis careers of a player at first too intimidated to stick with the team as a freshman, and another who perseveres despite personal heartache. Given a second chance, Rachel Burns is in her fourth season as the Pirates’ No. 1 singles player. No. 4 singles player Katie Staudinger, whose brother lost a battle with cancer this year, has soldiered on at his behest.