Kate Kunkel-Patterson

Class Junior Height 5'6"
Hometown Yakima, Wash.
High School Davis Major History


Sophomore season (2010-11) - Received All-Northwest Conference Honorable Mention recognition in her second season ... Started season at No. 4 singles and moved up one spot later in spring, finishing with NWC 8-4 singles record ... Also won two NWC matches at No. 2 singles, one of which came in three sets and helped Whitman win regular finale 5-4 against Puget Sound ... Played most of season at No. 2 doubles, going 6-5 against conference foes ... Contributed wins in singles and doubles to 5-4 victory over Pacific ... Teamed with Emily Rolston to make doubles quarterfinals of ITA's regional fall tournament.

First-Year season (2009-10) - Made strong rookie showing in lower half of singles line-up, posting records of 16-5 overall and 10-3 in NWC ... Also had strong season in doubles, playing mostly at No. 3 en route to recods of 15-8 and 11-4 ... Scored deciding fifth team point at No. 6 singles with three-set rally (1-6, 6-4, 6-2) to lift Whitman past Linfield 5-4 in exciting NWC playoff semifinal ... Won three of her four matches (singles, doubles) earlier in season in Whitman's two 5-4 losses to Linfield ... Won all four of her matches in two Whitman wins over Lewis & Clark.

Prep - Played four seasons of varsity tennis in high school, playing No. 2 singles as junior and No. 1 singles as senior ... Placed fifth in district singles as senior, qualifying for regionals ... Earned first- and second-team all-state honors ... Team captain last two seasons ... Also played four seasons of varsity soccer, earning second-team and honorable mention honors as midfielder ... Captained high school Relay for Life cancer fund-raising team ... President of Rotary Club's Interact Club, two years ... Served in officer positions in student government, four years.

Academics - Majoring in history ... Plans graduate school studies in U.S. Civil War history ... Also interested in Vietnam War history ... Works in Whitman Admission office ... Volunteers with Quickstart Tennis program with local youth and American Cancer Society's Relay for Life program ... National Honor Society in high school.

Personal - Daughter of Anne Kunkel and Todd Patterson ... Has two older sisters, Amy and Zoe, and older brother Duncan ... Sister Amy played varsity soccer and tennis at Whitman, graduating in 2006 ... Sister Zoe also plays varsity tennis at Whitman ... Enjoys beaches, thrift stores, crafts and Tetris.

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