Schiller Wins at No. 6, Clinches Women's Tennis Triumph

News Release Date:
Monday, February 20

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Senior Lizzy Schiller finished off a two-set victory at No. 6 singles to score the clinching fifth team point as Whitman College slipped past Willamette 5-4 in a Northwest Conference women's tennis match Monday afternoon at the Courthouse Tennis Club in Salem, Ore.

 Whitman 5,
Willamette 4

Match scores

With Whitman leading 4-3, Schiller wrapped up a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Emily Funabiki to put the Missionaries over the top.

Lizzy Schiller

As Schiller clinched the team triumph, senior teammate Emily Rolston was winning her second set to force No. 4 singles to a third set.

Because the team outcome was already settled, Rolston and Willamette's Katie Huber played their third set as a 10-point tie-breaker. Huber emerged from the breaker with a 6-4, 3-6, 10-2 win.

Whitman, now 2-2 on the season and 1-1 in the NWC, got the early jump by winning two of three team points in doubles.

Two first-year Missionaries, Courtney Lawless and Maddy Webster, rolled to an 8-3 victory at No. 1 doubles, and junior Kate Kunkel-Patterson teamed with Sara Finkelman, also a rookie, to win by the same score at No. 3.

At No. 2 doubles, Rolston and first-year Missionary Morgan Lawless dropped a 9-8 (7-4) squeaker to Willamette's Emily Bee and Denise Poltavski.

With all six singles matches starting at the same time, the Lawless sisters were among the first to finish, moving Whitman to the verge of victory with four team points.

Courtney Lawless raced past Shannon Palmer 6-0, 6-0 in the No. 1 slot while Morgan Lawless downed Sabrina Gutierrez 6-1, 6-4 at No. 2 singles.

But Willamette, now 2-1 on the season and 1-1 in conference, stayed close with wins from Poltavski at No. 3 and Bee at No. 5.

Ahead 4-3, Whitman needed to win one of the two matches still in progress, and Schiller provided that win at No. 6.

Whitman heads to Tacoma, Wash., next weekend, playing matches Friday at Pacific Lutheran and Saturday at Puget Sound. 

The match at Puget Sound will be followed at 4 p.m. by an exhibition match against Bellevue Community College. That match also takes place in the Puget Sound Tennis Pavilion.

Tennis fans and members of the Whitman community in the Tacoma area are welcome to jon the team for a reception with snacks between the Puget Sound and Bellevue CC matches.

Interested parties are encouraged to RSVP to Hein by e-mail (

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