Bearcat Women Play for Third Place in NWC Tournament Saturday

YAKIMA. WA — After winning its opening match of the day, 7-2 over Whitman, the Willamettee University women's tennis team lost a chance at a finals berth with a 7-0 loss to top-seeded Linfield late Friday night at the Northwest Conference tennis championships in Yakima.

The Bearcat women will play Pacific Lutheran for third place in the conference tournament Saturday.

On the men’s side, the Bearcats lost a pair of matches on Friday, eliminating them from competition. The men fell to Lewis and Clark 5-2 in the Friday morning session, then lost to Linfield 7-0 in the afternoon match.

In the women's first match against Whitman, the Bearcats lost two of the three doubles matches to fall behind 2-1. Susan Butler and Hannah Johnson won at No. 2 doubles, 8-1, to keep the Bearcats in the match.

Then the Bearcats swept through all six singles matches. Butler, Alison Nunamaker and Melody Kerber were all pushed to three sets and came away victorious. Johnson, Alainer Anderson and Tiffany Kam all won in two sets to complete the Bearcats' singles sweep.

Final results from both the men’s and women’s conference championships will be available Saturday night. Below are results from the first day of competition.

Women-- Willamette 7, Whitman 2
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> #1 WMN Swee/Klarich def WU AAnderson/Layton 8-6
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> #2 WU Butler/Johnson def WMN Jankowska/Smith 8-1
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> #3 WMN Hayward/Antilla def Kerber/Nunamker 8-6
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> Singles
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> #1 WU Butler def WMN Klarich 3-6, 6-4, 6-3
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> #2 WU Nunamaker def WMN Swee 6-1, 4-6, 6-3
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> #3 WU Anderson def WMN Hayward 6-2, 7-5
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> #4 WU Kerber def WMN Flaherty 4-6, 6-2, 6-2
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> #5 WU Johnson def WMN Antilla 6-3, 6-0
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> #6 WU Kam def WMN Newhouse 6-2, 6-3


Women’s-- Linfield 7, Willamette 0
Doubles

#1 LIN Johnson/Rogers def WU Anderson/Layton 8-2

#2 LIN Kuenzli/Buck def WU Butler/Johnson 8-2

#3 LIN Sorenson/Carlson def WU Nunamaker/Kerber 8-3


Singles

#1 LIN Becca Johnson def WU Susa Butler 6-2, 6-0

#2 LIN Kasey Kuenzli def WU Alison Nunamaker 6-1, 6-1

#3 LIN Megan Rodgers def Alaine Anderson 6-0, 6-1

#4 LIN Traci Sorenson vs Melody Kerber dnf

#5 LIN Lindsay Carlson vs Hannah Johnson dnf

#6 LIN Kelli Sides def Tiffany Kam 6-2, 4-6, 6-2


Men -- Lewis & Clark def Willamette 5-2
Doubles

#1 LC Mann/Lindsay def WU McManus/Garrison 8-1

#2 LC Roessler/Goda def WU Nakamatsu/Miholick 9-8

#3 LC Nicholls/Shearer def Snowden/Frey 8-6


Singles

#1 Zach Mann def WU McManus 6-3, 6-3

#2 Ed Roessler def WU Frey 6-3, 6-4

#3 Satoshi Goda def WU Garrison 6-1, 6-2

#4 David Lindsay def WU Hancock 6-0, 6-3

#5 WU MacMillan def Louis Nicholls 6-0, 6-1

#6 WU Nakamatsu def Stefan Shearer 6-4, 6-3

Men -- Linfield 7, Willamette 0
> Doubles
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> #1 LIN Janssen/Roberts def WU McManus/Garrison 8-1
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> #2 LIN Mullin/ Yates def WU Nakamatsu/Miholick 8-4
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> #3 LIN McGrath/ Suagee def WU Frey/Hancock 8-2
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> Singles
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> #1 LIN Tim Layman def WU McManus 6-0, 6-0
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> #2 LIN Jack Fleming def WU Frey 6-0, 6-0
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> #3 LIN Erik Janssen def WU Garrison 6-1, 6-0
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> #4 LIN Ian McGrath def WU Hancock 6-2, 6-4
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> #5 LIN Brian Mullin def WU MacMillan 6-1, 6-4
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> #6 LIN John Yates def WU Mihalik 6-0, 6-1
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