Allick Notches First Collegiate Win in USTA/ITA Qualifying

Friday, Sep 21, 2012

WALLA WALLA, WA- it was a mixed bag for Whitman women tennis players in the play-in rounds of the USTA/ITA Fall Regional tournament. With Whitman hosting the annual tournament for the second time in three years, junior Olivia Bates (Edmonds, WA) and first year Katrina Allick (San Fransisco, CA) took to the courts this evening, each hoping to procure one of the three remaining spots in the main draw.

Bates drew McKenna McCluskey from a much-improved Lewis and Clark team, and unfortunately fell 6-4, 6-3 in a tightly contested match. After dropping a close first set, Bates quickly fell behind 2-5 in the second set before breaking her opponent to get to 3-5 in the second set, and she came within one point of forcing McCluskey to attempt to serve out the match for a second time before her opponent pulled off a "miraculous pass," and used that momentum to break for the match. Coach Hein called the loss "tough because Liv did a lot of things really well, but never quite got in a groove." Bates will look to bounce back in tomorrow's doubles tournament with first year partner Kate Rubenstein.

There was some good news on the courts today for Whitman, however, as Allick won her first collegiate tennis match in a 5-7, 6-3, 6-3 triumph over Allison McClure of Pacific Lutheran. Said Coach Hein, "Katrina prepped all day for her first college match, but there is no way to avoid some of the nervousness which comes with it... Still, she built on the things she did well and played a much smarter second set and was not fazed going down an early break 0-2."

Playing with poise beyond her years, Allick broke McClure twice after falling into that early second set hole to win 6-3, and carried that momentum into the third to pull out the 5-7, 6-3, 6-3 win. Allick won't have time to revel in her victory, as she plays 4th-seeded Aurora Garrison of Lewis and Clark.

Check back tomorrow for results of the main draw matches. Whitman's Alyssa Roberg and Courtney Lawless hold the top two seeds in the singles tournament, as every player in the conference competes for a spot in the USTA/ITA Fall National tournament in Mobile, AL.