Lawless Twins Make Triumphant Return to Lonestar State
News Release Date:
Tuesday, March 20
WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Winning its eighth straight match, the Whitman College women's tennis team got its Spring Break swing through Texas off to a rip-snorting start with an 8-1 NCAA Division III victory over Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, Texas.
Whitman, ranked No. 10 in the West Region, improved to 8-2 on the season.
The Crusaders, No. 15 in the West, dropped its third straight decision, slipping to 3-4 on the season.
Sisters Courtney and Morgan Lawless, who came to Whitman from Austin, Texas, were nearly perfect in singles as they returned to their home state.
Courtney blanked her opponent 6-0, 6-0 at No. 2 singles while Morgan was a 6-1, 6-0 winner at No. 3.
The two first-year players were part of separate winning efforts in doubles. Courtney teamed with junior Alyssa Roberg for an 8-5 victory at No. 1 doubles, and Morgan joined senior Emily Rolston for an 8-5 triumph at No. 2.
Roberg got the win at No. 1 singles, beating Megan Aarhus 6-2, 6-3. Rolston also won in singles, outlasting Carrie Ramos 6-1, 4-6, 6-1.
Junior Kate Kunkel-Patterson added to the Whitman victory column with a 6-1, 6-4 win over AshLee Bilbo.
The Crusaders notched their lone team point at No. 6 singles, where Angelie Juanez downed Whitman senior Lizzy Schiller 6-2, 6-4.
Sophomore Hannah Palkowitz and first-year teammate Maddy Webster completed Whitman's sweep in the opening round of doubles with an 8-4 win in the No. 3 slot.
Palkowitz and Webster also picked up non-counting victories in exhibition singles matches. Webster won 6-0, 6-0 at No. 7 singles while Palkowitz was a 6-1, 6-0 winner at No. 8.
While half of the Whitman squad was playing the Crusaders, the other half was a short distance away, playing Temple Junior College.
Temple, ranked No. 15 in the national junior college ranks, rolled to an 8-1 exhibition match victory.
Whitman collected its lone team point at No. 6 singles, where sophomore Maggie Eismeier a 6-1, 4-6, 10-8 victory over Amanda Fouts. Senior Charlotte Scott fell just a bit short at No. 5 singles, losing 6-4, 6-4 to Jestine Arreola.
First-year Missionaries Erin Minuth and Sara Finkleman put up a good fight at No. 1 doubles, losing 8-4 to pair of ranked opponents, Lauren Renner and Hannah Watson.
Finkleman also played at No. 1 singles, falling 6-3, 6-0 to Dominique Bruce.
Whitman continues its Spring Break trip on Thursday with a pair of matches in Dallas.
The Missionaries face UT-Dallas at 8 a.m. (PDT) with a match against Hardin-Simmons to follow later in the day.
Whitman then plays No. 8 UT-Tyler on Friday and No. 2 Trinity on Saturday. In addition to its regional standing, Trinity also is ranked No. 13 at the national level.
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CONTACT: Dave Holden
Sports Information Director
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
509 527-5902; firstname.lastname@example.org