Women Open Tennis Season With Shutout

News Release Date:
Friday, February 12

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Hitting the courts with a blend of experience and youth, Whitman College opened its women's tennis season with an emphatic 9-0 Northwest Conference victory over Puget Sound Friday night in the Bratton Tennis Center.

Junior Elise Otto and senior Divneet Kaur were 8-2 winners at No. 1 doubles, but a sophomore and two rookies helped the Missionaries complete their opening sweep in doubles.

Senior Hadley DeBree and first-year teammate Alyssa Roberg posted an 8-3 win at No. 2 doubles, and it was sophomore Emily Rolston teaming with newcomer Kate Kunkel-Patterson for an 8-2 triumph at No. 3.

Otto, DeBree and Kaur made quick work of their opponents in the top three singles matches. Each player lost just one game in rolling to straight-set victories.

At No. 4 singles, Rolston rallied from a first-set loss to down Puget Sound's Ada Yu 5-7, 6-2, 6-4.

Kunkel-Patterson got the victory at No. 5 singles, winning 6-2, 6-0. Sophomore Charlotte Scott completed the shutout with a 6-0, 6-2 triumph at No. 6.

Whitman returns to Bratton for two more matches on Saturday, starting at 11 a.m. against Pacific Lutheran.

After that NWC encounter, the Missionaries will square off against Lewis-Clark State in a non-conference battle at 3:30 p.m.

Puget Sound travels to Spokane on Saturday for a 1 p.m. match against Whitworth.

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CONTACT: Dave Holden
Sports Information Director
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
509 527-5902; holden@whitman.edu