WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- The top two tennis players in the Northwest Conference compete for Whitman College, according to a vote of conference coaches.
Tim Mullin, a Whitman junior, and Paola Vizcaino, a Missionary freshman, were named NWC Players of the Year as the conference championship tournaments came to a close Saturday at the Yakima (Wash.) Tennis Club.
Mullin, ranked No. 6 in singles in the West Region of NCAA Div. III, didn't lose a single set to NWC opponents during the regular season. Even as the Whitman men were dropping a 4-3 decision to Linfield College Friday evening in the tournament's semifinals, Mullin was posting a 6-4, 6-4 victory in the No. 1 singles match.
Mullin, a graduate of Sprague High School in Salem, Ore., won three times in doubles and twice in singles during the tournament. That pushed his career victory total as a collegian to 104.
Vizcaino, a graduate of Tecnologico de Monterrey in Toluca, Mexico, completed an undefeated NWC singles season during the tournament. She won three times in singles and twice more in doubles. Despite Vizcaino's continued success, the Whitman women's team also dropped a close decision in the tournament's semifinals.
Mullin and Vizcaino earned the Player of the Year awards because they received the highest vote totals in balloting for the all-conference teams. Mullin also was named co-winner of the men's Sportsman of the Year award. He shared that award with Matt Lemberg of Whitworth College.
Mullin and one of his teammates, sophomore Trevor Gamble, were two of eight players named to the men's all-conference team. Mullin also was an all-conference selection last year as a sophomore, when the Whitman men won the NWC title.
Gamble, a graduate of Menlo School in Atherton, Calif., made a successful return to competitive tennis this spring after being sidelined in recent years by chronic injuries.
Dave Holden, Whitman Sports Information
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