Women's Tennis Dominates Early, Claims Second in Standings
News Release Date:
Saturday, March 31
WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- The Whitman College women's tennis team took sole possession of second place in the the Northwest Conference standings with a 6-3 victory over Whitworth on Saturday in Spokane, Wash.
Whitman, winning for the 12th time in 13 outings, improved to 12-3 on the season and 7-1 in the NWC.
Whitworth dropped to 6-2 in conference and 10-4 overall.
"This was a good victory for us against a very good Whitworth team," Whitman coach John Hein said.
Whitman took charge right from the start, sweeping all three matches in doubles and then winning the first three decisions in singles.
"Our focus and intensity were very sharp to start the match," Hein said. "That made a big difference as we swept doubles and then stayed in control through the first three matches in singles."
With Whitman up 6-0 and the team result decided, Whitworth won close decisions in the last three singles matches to finish the day on a positive note.
Alyssa Roberg and Courtney Lawless posted the win for Whitman at No. 1 doubles, jumping to an early 5-2 lead before outlasting Alli Marshall and Erica Brosman for an 8-6 victory. With the match even at 6-6, Roberg and Lawless held serve and then broke their opponents to finish the win.
Emily Rolston and Morgan Lawless registered an 8-1 decision at No. 2 doubles, downing Saryn Mooney and Jessi Steele.
Hannah Palkowitz and Maddy Webster wrapped up the doubles sweep with an 8-3 win at No. 3, beating Megan Wingfield and Claire Hemming.
In three competitive matches at the top of the singles ladder, Roberg and the Lawless sisters emerged with victories to clinch the team triumph.
Roberg beat Marshall 6-4, 6-2 in the top spot while Courtney Lawless downed Bosman 6-4, 6-3 at No. 2 singles. Morgan Lawless got past Mooney by the same score at No. 3.
Steele picked off a team point for the Pirates at No. 4, beating Kate Kunkel-Patterson 6-3, 7-5, and Wingfield scrambled past Webster 7-5, 7-5 at No. 5 singles.
Whitworth captured a three-set decision at No. 6 singles, where Hemming beat Rolston 6-0, 4-6, 10-6.
Whitman is done for the weekend but will host two more NWC matches next weekend, starting with first-place Linfield at 11 a.m. Friday. Willamette then comes to town Saturday for a 10 a.m. match.
"We're looking forward to playing two matches next weekend," Hein said. "It will be Family Weekend for our team, so it's going to be fun."
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Sports Information Director
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
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