Whit Tennis Blanks Boxers in First Round
News Release Date:
Friday, April 16
WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- The Whitman College women rode a 3-0 sweep in doubles to an abbreviated 5-0 victory over Pacific University in the opening round of the Northwest Conference Tennis Tournament Saturday morning at the Yakima (Wash.) Tennis Club.
Once Whitman tallied its clinching fifth team point, the remaining matches in singles were halted to help keep the tournament on schedule.
Whitman, now 15-8 on the season, advanced to play a 12:45 p.m. semifinal match against Linfield College, which is the No. 2 seed in the tournament.
Pacific, now 6-13 this season, plays a consolation match at 3:30 p.m. for the fifth and sixth places. The Boxers will play the loser of this morning's match between Willamette and Lewis & Clark, which is still in progress.
Up 3-0 after doubles, Whitman took the first two decisions in singles to wrap up the win.
Playing at No. 4, senior Divneet Kaur tallied the fourth Missionary team point with a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Dayna Wong.
Junior Elise Otto, playing at No. 1 singles after teammate Alyssa Roberg tweaked an ankle at the end of doubles play, then nailed the deciding fifth point with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Cat Coya. Roberg is expected to play this afternoon in the match against Linfield.
Roberg and Otto had their hands full in the No. 1 doubles match, finally squeaking past Goya and Yoshimoto 9-8 on the strength of a 7-4 tie-breaker. The Whitman duo held an early 5-3 cushion before the Boxer twosome won four straight games to lead 7-5.
Roberg and Otto responded by taking the next three games to force the tie-breaker. The Missionaries never trailed in the breaker, winning three of the last four points to secure the match.
Seniors Divneet Kaur and Hadley DeBree never trailed in winning 8-4 at No. 2 doubles, but sophomore Emily Rolston and first-year teammate Kate Kunkel-Patterson had to overcome a mid-match slump to win 8-6 at No. 3 doubles.
With Rolston and Kunkel-Patterson ahead 3-1, opponents Stephanie Villegas and Michelle Soga turned the tables by winning the next five games for a 6-3 lead. Rolston and Kunkel-Patterson regained control and finished off the victory by taking the last five games.
While Otto and Kaur made short work of their opponents in singles, the remaining matches in singles were more competitive when play was halted.
Kunkel-Patterson at No. 5 and sophomore Charlotte Scott at No. 6 had won their first sets when the team, but DeBree at No. 2 and Rolston at No. 4 were still locked in tight first-set battles.
During the NWC regular season, Whitman had posted a pair of 9-0 victories over Pacific.
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