Roberg, Otto Make All-NWC Tennis Team

News Release Date:
Friday, April 15, 2011

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- For a second straight season, Whitman College senior  Elise Otto and sophomore teammate Alyssa Roberg are joining one another on the All-Northwest Conference First Team for women's tennis.

Alyssa Roberg (left), Elise Otto

Otto, now a four-time first-team selection, also was named Sportswoman of the Year.

A third Whitman player, sophomore Kate Kunkel-Patterson, received Honorable Mention recognition when the post-season awards, as voted by NWC coaches, were announced earlier today.

Roberg and Otto are two of eight players voted to the All-NWC First Team. Whitworth is the only other team with two players on the first team.

Roberg, who played No. 1 singles for much of the season, was the fourth-leading vote-getter, finishing one spot in front of Otto, who filled the No. 2 singles spot. Otto and Roberg also formed the No. 1 Missionary doubles duo.

Kunkel-Patterson played No. 2 doubles and logged most of her singles matches at the No. 3 and No. 4 spots.

Otto, who has piled up more than 110 victories (singles, doubles) in her four Missionary seasons, rolled to a 13-5 singles record this spring, which includes a 9-2 mark against NWC opponents.

Otto was twice named NWC Student Athlete of the Week for women's tennis this season. She has won the weekly award five times while at Whitman.

Otto is the first Whitman player to win the Sportswoman award since Maura Flaherty did so in 2007. Whitman's Katie Collier and Hannah Swee won the same award in 2006 and 2005.

In spending most of the season at No. 1 singles, Roberg compiled a 7-3 NWC record and was 9-8 on the season. She was named NWC Student Athlete of the Week for women's tennis in early March.

Kate Kunkel-Patterson

Early in April, in battles against other All-NWC First Team players, Roberg raced past Pacific's Cat Goya in two sets and lost in three sets to Whitworth's Rachel Burns.

As partners at No. 1 doubles, Otto and Roberg were 5-3 against the NWC's best doubles teams. They were 8-7 overall.

Otto and Roberg are No. 7 in the ITA's most recent West Region rankings. The duo won the doubles title at last October's ITA fall regional tournament.

Roberg is No. 11 and Otto No. 15 in the regional singles rankings.

Kunkel-Patterson started the season at No. 4 singles for Whitman and moved up a notch later in the spring. She also won two matches at No. 2 singles, including a three-set victory that helped the Missionaries win their regular season finale by a 5-4 margin over Puget Sound.

Whitman, which held off Willamette for the third place in the final NWC standings, won three 5-4 matches during the course of the season. In one of those narrow victories, Kunkel-Patterson scored team points for the Missionaries in both singles and doubles.

During the conference season, Kunkel-Patterson posted an 8-4 singles record. She was 6-5 in NWC doubles matches.

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CONTACT: Dave Holden
Sports Information Director
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