Double Whoopee!! Otto & Oost Give Whitman Clean Sweep of ITA Singles, Doubles Titles

News Release Date:
Monday, September 29

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- It was a clean sweep for a pair of Whitman College women's tennis players in Monday's finals of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's Pacific Northwest Fall Championships in Salem, Ore.

Sophomore Elise Otto, the No. 1 seed in the singles bracket, got the day off to a good start, capturing the singles crown by rolling to straight-set victories in the semifinals and finals.

After a brief rest, Otto returned to the court with senior teammate  Katie Oost to win the doubles title with two more victories in the doubles semifinals and finals.

As tournament champs, Otto and Oost earn ITA All-American honors and advance to play at the ITA's National Small College Championships in mid-October in Mobile, Ala.

Otto, in her first match this morning, cruised to a 6-0, 6-3 semifinal victory over Mya Towne of Whitworth College. In the title match, she subdued Willamette University's Shannon Palmer by a 6-2, 6-3 count.

"That match was closer than the score indicates," Whitman coach John Hein said. "It was a good, tight match, well played by the two opponents." 

"Of course we're thrilled to Elise win the singles title," Hein added. "She played well throughout the tournament and seemed to get better with each match."

In the early afternoon doubles semifinals, Otto and Oost posted an 8-4 victory over Abby Olbrich and Sarah Click of Linfield College. The Whitman duo, the top-seeded team in the doubles bracket, then claimed the title with an 8-5 finals triumph over Pacific University's Cat Goya and Megan Yoshimoto.

"Katie held serve to give us a 7-5 lead in the championship match," Hein said. "The next game was a long one, with a lot of deuces, but Elise and Katie finally got the break to win the match. It's great to see Katie as a senior get the chance to play at the national tournament." 

Playing as a competitive doubles team for the first time, Oost and Otto seemed to jell quickly as a team, Hein said. "Their teamwork and communication was very good."

Hein, in his first season as the Whitman women's coach, said his entire nine-member contigent had a good tournament. "We're missing the three juniors on foreign study this semester, but the rest of our players competed well and did a great job of supporting one another."  

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CONTACT: Dave Holden
Sports Information Director
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
509 527-5902; holden@whitman.edu