Whits Makes Quick Work of Bruins in NWC Women's Tennis
News Release Date:
Friday, April 13
WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- A sweep in doubles and three quick wins at the top of the singles ladder carried Whitman College to a 6-2 women's tennis victory over George Fox Friday afternoon in Newberg, Ore.
Whitman, now 14-4 overall, improved to 9-2 in the Northwest Conference while beating the Bruins for the second time this this season.
The loss left George Fox at 2-8 in conference and 7-10 overall.
Whitman, ranked No. 8 in the West Region, finishes its regular season against Lewis & Clark at 10 a.m. Saturday in Portland. The Missionaries blanked Lewis & Clark 9-0 a month ago in Walla Walla.
Whitman has already nailed down second place in the NWC standings and takes the No. 2 seed into next weekend's post-season tournament, which Linfield will host. The Missionaries will need to win twice next weekend to snare the NWC's automatic berth in the NCAA Division III national championship tournament.
Junior Alyssa Roberg and first-year teammate Courtney Lawless, ranked third in doubles in the West Region, gave Whitman an 8-4 victory over Molly Beaumont and Shaina Inn in the No. 1 slot.
Sophomore Erin Minuth, subbing for senior Emily Rolston, joined first-year Missionary Morgan Lawless at No. 2 doubles for an 8-4 win over Cara Griffith and Alyssa Emoto.
Sophomore Maggie Eismeier notched her first doubles win of the season at No. 3 doubles, teaming with junior Kate Kunkel-Patterson for an 8-4 triumph over Marissa Chau and Bethany Nguyen.
Roberg and the Lawless sisters dropped just five games in taking the top three matches in singles, all in straight sets.
Roberg, No. 2 in the regional singles rankings, downed Beaumont 6-2, 6-0 at No. 1 singles while fourth-ranked Courtney Lawless buried Emoto 6-1, 6-0 at No. 2 singles. Morgan Lawless was a 6-2, 6-0 winner over Inn at the No. 3 spot.
Meanwhile, the No. 6 singles match between Whitman sophomore Hadley Scherer and Alissandra Wittrig of George Fox, had turned into a three-set marathon that Wittrig finally won 7-6 (7-3), 4-6, 12-10. The third set was played as an abbreviated super-tiebreaker because Whitman was already up 6-0 in the team scoring.
The Bruins also snagged the point at No. 4 singles, where Griffith downed Kunkel-Patterson 6-2, 6-2.
The No. 5 singles match between Minuth and Chantelle Hadeed was left unfinished after rain started to fall. After Hadeed won the first set 6-2, Minuth was up 5-1 in the second when the match was halted.
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Sports Information Director
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
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