Whit Tennis Women Slug Santa Cruz 6-1

News Release Date:
Saturday, March 21

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- The Whitman College women's tennis team wrapped up its Spring Break trip to California with a rain-shortened 6-1 victory at the University of California-Santa Cruz Saturday afternoon.

Whitman, improving to 11-5 on the season, took the early lead with wins in two of three matches in doubles. The loss dropped Santa Cruz Banana Slugs to 0-9.

Katie Oost

In singles, Margo Lentz was the first to finish for Whitman, rolling to a 6-3, 6-0 victory at No. 5. Next off the courts was Emily Rolston with a 6-1, 6-1 triumph at No. 6. 

Senior Katie Oost, playing "one of her best matches of the season," according to John Hein, then tallied the clinching fifth team point with a 6-3, 6-3 win at No. 3 singles. 

Divneet Kaur made it 6-1 Whitman with a 6-0, 6-4 victory at No. 4. "Divneet had a tremendous first set," Hein said. "Her opponent stepped it up a bit in the second set, but she closed it out with great combinations of offense and defense. Div made passes and hit deep, penetrating groundstrokes to force errors and set up winners."

Hein said the day's best match in singles came at No. 2, where Whitman's Hadley DeBree "traded great groundstrokes and made excellent plays on short balls. Hadley served bigger and was more consistent on the ground to win the first set 7-5. She played efficiently and steadily through the second set, and she was at match point (5-3, 30-15)" when heavy rains stopped play.

Hadley DeBree

"It was Hadley's most consistent singles performance of the season," Hein added. "She was able to maintain wonderful tennis and focus throughout the match."

At No. 1 singles, Whitman's Elise Otto was also up a set when the rains came. "Elise played well to get out front and force the issue against Taylor Mannix, winning the first set 6-3. They were on serve in the second set (Mannix up 3-2), but Elise was starting to take control with her aggressive play."

In doubles, DeBree and Rolston dominated the net at No. 3 for an 8-2 victory. Oost and Kaur captured a back-and-fourth tussle at No. 2, winning 8-6. 

"This was a great way to end the trip," Hein said. "We are glad to have a few days off before returning to Northwest Conference play."

Whitman heads to Tacoma, Wash., next weekend for matches at Puget Sound and Pacific Lutheran. 

Whitman 6, UC-Santa Cruz 1: Match Scores

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