Women Beat Lutes, Set Sights on Loggers
News Release Date:
Friday, March 12
WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Playing the first of two matches, the Whitman College women's tennis team outpointed Pacific Lutheran 7-2 Friday afternoon in the Puget Sound Tennis Pavilion in Tacoma, Wash.
Downing the Lutes for the second time this season, Whitman upgraded its Northwest Conference record to 6-2, slipping into a second-place tie with Linfield. The loss dropped Pacific Lutheran to 2-8 in conference.
After a short break, Whitman returned to the pavilion courts to battle Puget Sound (please check back later for results).
The Missionaries took charge early against Pacific Lutheran with victories in two of three matches in doubles.
Seniors Divneet Kaur and Hadley DeBree rolled to an 8-2 win victory over Ashley Coats and Cora Wigen at No. 1 doubles. At No. 2, it was sophomore Emily Rolston and first-year teammate Kate Kunkel-Patterson downing Kristina Aarsvold and Heidi Weston 8-3.
Ali Burnside and Deanna Ellmer salvaged a point for the Lutes at No. 3 with a 9-8 (12-10) victory over sophomore Charlotte Scott and first-year Missionary Dena Wessell.
Junior ace Elise Otto, after not playing in doubles, roared to a 6-2, 6-1 victory in No. 1 singles.
DeBree dropped a 6-1, 4-6, 10-6 decision to Wigen at No. 2 singles, but Kaur dominated at No. 3, downing Burnside 6-0, 6-0.
Rolston subdued Aarsvold 6-2, 6-3 at No. 4. Kunkel-Patterson dropped just two games while chalking up the victory at No. 5, and Scott cruised to a 6-0, 6-1 triumph at No. 6.
First-year phenom Alyssa Roberg, one of Whitman's top players, did not play in the match.
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CONTACT: Dave Holden
Sports Information Director
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
509 527-5902; firstname.lastname@example.org