Short-Handed Whits Fall at Santa Cruz

News Release Date:
Saturday, March 20

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- With one of its top players sidelined by illness, the Whitman College women's tennis team fell a bit short in key matches and dropped a 7-2 decision to the University of California-Santa Cruz Saturday afternoon in Santa Cruz.

UC-Santa Cruz 7,
  Whitman 2

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Whitman, which beat Whittier 9-0 earlier in the day, is 8-4 on the season. The Banana Slugs improved to 6-2.

"It was a great match," Whitman coach John Hein said. "We got beat by a good team, but we're feeling good about our tennis. We know we still have room to grow."

Elise Otto

Alyssa Roberg, Whitman's first-year stand-out, missed both Saturday matches, but junior Elise Otto posted a big win for the Missionaries against UC-Santa Cruz. Playing at No. 1 singles, Otto notched a 7-5, 5-7, 10-6 victory over Ariana Mokhtari, who holds a No. 9 West Region ranking in singles.

Whitman scored its other team point at No. 3 doubles, where sophomore Emily Rolston and first-year teammate Kate Kunkel-Patterson squeaked past Chrissy Nichol and Rachel Shinto by a 9-8 (7-3) score.

The Banana Slugs won narrow narrow decisions at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles to take the early lead. Seniors Hadley DeBree and Divneet Kaur fell 9-7 to Mokhtari and Taylor Mannix in the top spot, and Otto and Charlotte Scott lost 8-5 at No. 2 to Kyla Rowe and Sarah Malone.

DeBree and Kaur dropped close decisions at No. 2 and No. 3 singles, and Kunkel-Patterson lost in three sets (1-6, 6-0, 6-1) at No. 5.

Whitman has two more Spring Break matches slated for Tuesday. The Missionaries play Bowdoin in Azusa, Calif., in the morning and La Verne in Claremont in the afternoon.

Whitman concludes its trip on Thursday at Redlands.

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CONTACT: Dave Holden
Sports Information Director
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
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