The most talented player in the history of Whitman women’s tennis, Lynn Greer McKelvey rolled unchecked through her 1988 senior season, winning singles, doubles and team titles in the Northwest Conference and NAIA District I.
Only a back injury may have prevented Greer from capping her senior year with one or more national titles. With the i njury taking its toll, Greer lost three-set semifinal decisions in singles and doubles (with Stephanie Turner) at the NCAA Div. III national championships. A week later, the injury forced Greer to default in the fourth round of singles at the NAIA national tournament. With her on-court mobility all but gone, she and Turner lost in the NAIA’s second round of doubles.
Final national rankings for the spring of 1988 placed Greer at No. 4 in NCAA Div. III singles. She and Turner were ranked No. 3 in doubles, while Whitman finished at No. 15 in the women’s national team rankings.
Greer, who missed her junior year due to a knee injury, compiled a remarkable 87-10 singles record in three seasons. As a senior co-captain, Greer was the undisputed queen of Northwest collegiate tennis, beating her No. 1 counterparts at Washington State and the universities of Washington and Oregon. Her only losses in singles in a 34-2 senior campaign came in the national championship tournaments.
Greer captured the NWC singles title in each of her three seasons, leading Whitman to the conference team championship in two of those seasons. She twice won NAIA district titles in singles. As a sophomore, Greer lost in the second round of the NCAA championships to the eventual singles champion, and in the NAIA’s fourth round to the eventual runner-up. As a freshman, she lost in the NCAA’s second round.
A math major at Whitman, Greer shared the 1988 Mignon Borleske Trophy, given annually to the top female athlete, with Susan Hubbard Sakimoto, a basketball and track & field standout who was voted into the Whitman Hall of Fame in 2003.
Before enrolling at Whitman, Greer played No. 1 singles for four seasons at Tigard (Ore.) High School, graduating in the spring of 1984 after winning a district singles title. She became the third member of her family to graduate from Whitman. Preceding her were father Everett Greer (’54), a stand-out skier who placed 13th as a senior in the NCAA championships, and older sister Jan Greer Crowther (’85).
After graduating from Whitman, Greer earned a master of business administration degree at Pepperdine University. She married George McKelvey, Whitman Class of 1987, in August of 1993. At the time of her induction in the Whitman Athletics Hall of Fame, Greer and her husband, and four-year-old daughter Brooke, were living in West Linn, Ore., where she was working as an investment representative for Edward Jones Investments. She continues to play tennis for the Mountain Park Racquet Club.Back to main news release