Women's Tennis Wins Seventh Straight, Bops Bruins 8-1
News Release Date:
Saturday, March 10
WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- The Whitman College women's tennis team ran its winning streak to seven with an 8-1 Northwest Conference victory over visiting George Fox on Saturday.
Whitman improved to 7-2 on the season and 6-1 in the NWC. George Fox slid to 1-4 in conference and 2-5 overall.
Whitman swept the opening round of doubles with a first-year player competing as part of each Missionary duo.
Rookie Morgan Lawless and senior Emily Rolston played what coach John Hein called a "really composed match" in posting an 8-6 victory over Molly Beaumont and Shaina Inn at No. 1 doubles. "Emily and Morgan stayed even at 6-6 and then pulled away with a big service break and hold."
Sophomore Hannah Palkowitz and first-year teammate Maddy Webster scored an 8-3 victory over Cara Griffith and Alyssa Emoto at No. 2 doubles. "Hannah and Maddy looked awesome in handling a very good opposing team," Hein said.
Junior Kate Kunkel-Patterson and first-year Missionary Sara Finkleman completed the sweep, beating Changelle Hadeed and Bethany Nguyen by an 8-6 count at No. 3 doubles.
"Sara and Kate had some trouble asserting themselves, but like Em and Morgan did a great job playing close and then taking advantage at the end," Hein said.
Junior Alyssa Roberg got the best of Beaumont at No. 1 singles, winning 6-4, 6-4. "That was one of the best matches I've seen Molly play, but Alyssa managed to win in straight sets, showing some great transitions in the process," Hein said.
Lawless beat Inn 6-2, 6-1 at No. 2 singles while Kunkel-Patterson downed Emoto 6-2, 7-5 at No. 3. "Kate's match was big because she got down in the second set and stayed really calm and fought her way back to win in two sets," Hein said.
Griffith notched the lone George Fox team point at No. 4 singles with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Erin Minuth, another of Whitman's first-year players. "Erin showed some great tennis, but she struggled at times and her opponent had a great weekend overall, winning against both Whitman and Whitworth."
Finkleman at No. 5 singles and sophomore Hadley Scherer at No. 6 both rallied to win their matches in three sets. Finkleman beat Hadeed 4-6, 7-5, 10-4 while Scherer beat Nguyen 3-6, 7-5, 10-4.
"Sara and Hadley had almost identical matches -- a close first set that didn't go their way, a battle from start to finish in the second set and then a very solid match tie-break," Hein said.
"It was so good to see us come through in close matches against an improving team that has much more depth than last year."
Whitman, idle for the next several days, heads to Texas later this month for four Spring Break matches. The first one March 20 against Mary Hardin-Baylor.
George Fox hosts Lewis & Clark next Friday.
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Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
509 527-5902; email@example.com