Four Whits Advance in Women's Tennis

News Release Date:
Saturday, October 3

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Winning two matches each, Whitman's Alyssa Roberg, Hadley DeBree and Divneet Kaur advanced to the singles Round of 16 as the Wilson/ITA Pacific Northwest Regional Tennis Championships got underway Saturday in Salem, Ore.

Two of Whitman's four doubles duos also stayed alive with first-round wins in the doubles bracket.

Roberg, a first-year Whitman player and the fifth seed in the singles bracket, opened play on Saturday with 6-2, 6-0 victory over Lewis & Clark's Macrina Sharpe. She then dispatched Willamette's Alyssa Morrison 6-2, 6-3.

Kaur, a Whitman senior, posted a 6-0, 6-2 victory over Pacific Lutheran's Jessica Wilson in round one and then added a 6-4, 6-0 win over Whitworth's Megan Wingfield in round two. 

Roberg and Kaur teamed in doubles and posted an 8-2 victory over Pacific's Traci Mo and Dawn Greene. 

DeBree, also a senior, beat Willamette's Brooke Sessums 6-2, 6-0 in her singles opener. In the second round, DeBree rallied for a 4-6, 6-2, 10-8 victory over Whitworth's Katie Staudinger.

"I believe Hadley was down 7-3 and 8-5 in the tie-breaker before coming back to win it," Whitman coach John Hein said. "Hadley played some amazing tennis. It was great to see."

DeBree teamed with sophomore Emily Rolston in doubles for an 8-4 triumph over Pacific's Michelle Soga and Stephanie Velligas. Rolston lost an up-and-down decision in her singles opener, falling 6-3, 0-6, 10-8 to Mollee Robinson of George Fox.

Two rounds of singles are slated for Sunday, starting at 8:30 a.m. Two rounds of doubles will follow in the afternoon.

Kate Kunkel-Patterson, another of Whitman's first-year players, won her first-round singles match Saturday morning, beating Linfield's Marisa Steinkamp 6-3, 6-2. She lost in the second round, however, falling to eighth-seeded Mya Towne by the same 6-3, 6-2 score.

Charlotte Scott, a Whitman sophomore, came within a few points of winning her opener. She lost 4-6, 6-3, 10-6 to Whitworth's Janell Talbot.

Junior Amanda Alexander, sophomore Zoe Kunkel-Patterson and first-year Missionary Lauren Olson all lost in the opening round.

In doubles, Kate Kunkel-Patterson and Scott dropped a narrow 9-7 decision in the first round to Willamette's Katie Huber and Alyssa Morrison. Olson and Dena Wessel lost their doubles opener 8-4 to Puget Sound's top team, Sam Taylor and Mattie Holtz.

Whitman's Elise Otto, who won the ITA's fall tournament last year as a sophomore, is on foreign study this semester and not on hand to defend her singles title. Otto also teamed with Katie Oost to win last fall's doubles crown. Oost graduated last spring.

Linfield is hosting this year's tournament, which runs through Monday, but most of Saturday's matches were played indoors in the Salem's Courthouse Club because of rain. More rain and indoor play is expected on Sunday.

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