News release date: Saturday, April 22, 2000

Four in a Row: Whitten, Fong Make All-NWC Tennis Team, Again

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Leslie Whitten and Amy Fong, two of the most successful players in the history of Whitman College women's tennis, have earned spots on the All-Northwest Conference Team for a fourth consecutive year.

The all-conference squad was announced at the conclusion of the women's championship tournament today at the Tualatin Hills Tennis Center in Beaverton, Oregon.

The Whitman women's team defeated Lewis & Clark College 7-2 on the final day of the tournament to claim third place. The Missionaries had opened two-day tournament play on Friday with an easy 7-2 victory over Willamette. Whitman then lost a close 5-4 decision to Pacific Lutheran University in the semifinals. The Missionaries and the Lutes had split their two regular season matches.

By winning two of its three matches during the championship tournament, Whitman finished with a 10-3 record against conference teams. Over the past three seasons, with Whitten and Fong leading the way, the Missionary women won 33 of 40 conference matches.

As Whitman's No. 1 doubles team, Whitten and Fong won three more times during the tournament to finish their second consecutive undefeated season against conference opponents. They capped their collegiate careers with a 36-match winning streak. Their last lost to conference opponents in doubles came midway through their sophomore seasons.

"Leslie and Amy have been tremendous," Whitman coach Jayne McCarthy said. "I zoomed onto the court after their last match and gave them both a big hug."

McCarthy said there is a possibility that Whitten and Fong will be ranked high enough regionally to receive a doubles berth into the NCAA Div. III post-season. "We'll just have to wait and see. Only the top four doubles teams in the entire region, California included, are invited."

Whitten and Fong, Whitman's senior co-captains, also finished their singles careers in style during the tournament, winning three matches apiece. Whitten played most of the season at No. 1 singles, compiling an 11-1 record in conference matches. Her only loss came in three sets. Meanwhile, Fong filled the No. 2 spot on a regular basis and finished with a 9-1 conference record despite struggling at times with a bad back.


Dave Holden, Whitman Sports Information, (509) 527-5902