PLU Hangs On to Defeat Bearcat Women for Third Place in NWC Championships

YAKIMA, WA — Seedings held true to form as No. 3 Pacific Lutheran defeated the No. 4 Willamette University women’s tennis team, 5-4, for third place in the Northwest Conference tennis championships held Saturday in Yakima.

After Alaine Anderson and Ashley Layton gave the Bearcats a 1-0 lead at No. 1 doubles, PLU swept through the remaining doubles matches, then won the first three singles matches to take third place in the NWC. The Bearcats finished fourth.

At No. 2 doubles, Susan Butler and Hannah Johnson lost in a tie-breaker, 8-8 (7-4), and the Lutes pulled away from there. Buter also lost a 3-set match at No. 1 singles, falling 7-5 in the third set to Megan Proffitt.

Hannah Johnson, Tiffany Kam and Ashley Layton won the final three singles matches, all in two set matches.

Third Place Match: #3 PLU vs #4 Willamette

Doubles

#1 WU Anderson/Layton def PLU Smith/Currey 9-7

#2 PLU Feltus/Petrzelka def WU Johnson/Butler 8-8 (7-4)

#3 PLU Proffitt/Besett def WU Kerber/Nunamaker 8-6

Singles

#1 PLU Megan Proffitt def WU Susan Butler 6-3, 1-6, 7-5

#2 PLU Nicole Petrzelka def WU Alison Nunamaker 6-1, 6-3

#3 PLU Liz Currey def WU Melody Kerber 6-0, 6-1

#4 WU Hannah Johnson def PLU Erika Feltus 6-1, 6-2

#5 WU Tiffany Kam def PLU Bria Smith 6-2, 6-4

#6 WU Ashley Layton def PLU Kelly Besett 6-0, 6-0