Wildcats Scoot Past Whit Women's Tennis
News Release Date:
Sunday, February 27
WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Dropping a handful of close decisions in doubles and singles, Whitman College lost its first Northwest Conference women's tennis match of the season on Sunday, falling 7-2 to Linfield in McMinnville, Ore.
The Wildcats improved to 4-0 in the NWC and 4-1 overall. Whitman is 2-1 in conference and 2-3 on the season.
"Linfield is a tough team with a lot of depth, but this was a good match," Whitman coach John Hein said. "Had we been able to get one more team point in doubles, the momentum would have swung in our favor for singles."
Whitman got the win at No. 1 doubles, where senior Elise Otto and sophomore Alyssa Roberg edged Abby Olbrich and Sarah Click by an 8-6 score.
Junior Emily Rolston and sophomore Kate Kunkel-Patterson held a 5-4 lead at No. 2 doubles, but Linfield's Sophie Larson and Caroline Brigham caught fire and took four straight games to win the match 8-5.
At No. 3 doubles, first-year Whitman player Hannah Palkowitz turned an ankle late in the match with the score even. She had the ankle taped and returned to the court, but she and doubles partner Lizzy Schiller fell 9-7 to Sarah Watanabe and Lexi Thomas.
In singles, the two teams split the top two matches.
Olbrich got past Otto 6-3, 6-4 at No. 1. Roberg blanked Thomas 6-0, 6-0 at No. 2.
Whitman now plays its next three matches at home, starting with Puget Sound at 4 p.m. next Friday. Whitworth comes to town on Saturday for a 1 p.m. match.
Linfield clinched the team triumph with close wins at No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5 singles.
Larson nipped Rolston 7-6 (7-2), 6-4 at No. 3. Kunkel-Patterson and Schiller won their first sets 6-3 in the fourth and fifth spots, respectively, but then lost in three sets to Click and Brigham.
With Palkowitz unable to play singles after turning her ankle, first-year Missionary Hadley Scherer stepped in the No. 6 spot, losing 6-0, 6-2 to Watanabe.
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