News release date: Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Whitman's Flaherty Named NWC Women's Tennis Player of the Week

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Maura Flaherty, a senior on the Whitman College women's tennis team, has been named Northwest Conference (NWC) Player of the Week for women's tennis.

Flaherty, a graduate of Blanchet School in Salem, Ore., won twice in singles last week to extend her season record to 13-1. She also won twice in doubles.

Flaherty claimed a key singles victory, winning 6-1, 6-0 in the No. 6 slot, as Whitman edged Occidental College 5-4 in Los Angeles, Calif. Occidental was ranked five spots ahead of Whitman in the most recent NCAA Div. III regional rankings.

Whitman followed its big win over Occidental with a 6-3 triumph at California Lutheran. Flaherty won 6-1, 6-1 at No. 5 singles, and she teamed with sophomore Katie Oost (Poulsbo, Wash.; North Kitsap HS) for an 8-4 victory at No. 2 doubles.

Whitman's third match last week was rained out after the Missionaries jumped to a 4-0 lead over the California Institute of Technology. After Whitman swept the doubles and Flaherty won by default at No. 6 singles, rain prevented completion of the other singles matches. Flaherty and Divneet Kaur (Eugene, Ore.; Marist HS), one of Whitman's first-year players, were part of the sweep in doubles. They won 8-4 at No. 2.

Flaherty's season record in singles includes a 10-0 record against NWC opponents. Her only loss came two weeks ago in No. 4 singles against an opponent from Lewis-Clark State, an NAIA Div. I tennis powerhouse.

Flaherty is one of two Whitman tennis players honored by the NWC this week. Christoph Fuchs (LaCenter, Wash.), a sophomore on the Missionary men's team, was named Player of the Week award for men's tennis.

Flaherty is the second member of the Whitman women's team to receive the NWC weekly award this season. Hadley DeBree, a first-year player from Ketchum, Idaho, won the award earlier this month.

Whitman, now 11-5 on the season and 7-3 in the NWC, resumes conference play this weekend with three matches in western Oregon. The Missionaries play Saturday at Lewis & Clark (11 a.m.) and George Fox (3:30 p.m.). A Sunday match is set for 10 a.m. at Pacific.


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