Losses in Doubles Dooms Women to 5-4 Tennis Setback
News Release Date:
Friday, April 6
WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Doubles was again the key as Linfield solidified its hold on first place in the Northwest Conference women's tennis standings with 5-4 victory over Whitman College Friday afternoon in the Bratton Tennis Center.
Linfield improved to 10-0 in the NWC and 10-4 overall.
It was Whitman's second loss to the Wildcats this season and dropped the Missionaries to 7-2 in conference and 12-4 on the season.
In sweeping Friday's opening round of doubles, Linfield followed the same formula it used in downing Whitman 6-3 in February in McMinnville.
After the latest doubles sweep gave the Wildcats an early 3-0 cushion, Whitman put up a heck of a fight in singles, winning four of six matches down the stretch to make the final score as close as it can get.
Shortly after Courtney Lawless got Whitman on the scoreboard with a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Caroline Brigham at No. 2 singles, Alyssa Roberg trimmed the Missionary deficit to 3-2 with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Abby Olbrich in the No. 1 slot.
Linfield's Kaila Nip stemmed the Whitman rally with by outlasting Morgan Lawless 6-4, 2-6, 6-1 at No. 3 singles.
Whitman again drew within a point when Lizzy Schiller notched a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Kelly Watanabe at No. 6 singles.
That cut Linfield's lead to 4-3, leaving Whitman in need of wins in the two remaining matches to pull off the team triumph.
But Kiana Nip settled matters for the Wildcats, downing Emily Rolston 6-2, 6-2 at No. 5 singles to clinch it for Linfield.
With the team outcome settled, Whitman's Kate Kunkel-Patterson completed a 6-7 (7-5), 7-6 (9-7), 10-6 win at No. 4 singles.
The best match in doubles came at No. 1, where Roberg and Courtney Lawless led 5-4 before Olbrich and Brigham rallied for an 8-6 victory.
The Nip sisters posted an 8-4 win over Rolston and Morgan Lawless at No. 2 doubles, and it was Thomas and Watanabe rolling to an 8-2 win over Kunkel-Patterson and Sara Finkleman at No. 3.
Whitman stays at home Saturday for a 10 a.m. NWC match against Willamette.
Linfield heads to Spokane for a 10 a.m. match against Whitworth in Spokane.
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CONTACT: Dave Holden
Sports Information Director
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
509 527-5902; firstname.lastname@example.org