Bearcat Women Finish Sixth in NWC Tournament; Linfield and PLU Qualify for Saturday's Final Match

YAKIMA, Wash. - Pacific Lutheran University defeated the Willamette University women's tennis team 7-2 in first round action Friday, then advanced to the finals with a win over Puigert sound. The Lutes will play Linfield for the Northwest Conference crown on Saturday.

The Bearcats then went on to lose the match for fifth place, falling 6-3 to Whitman to finish the tournament in sixth place.

Willamette's Alaine Anderson was part of both Bearcat victories Friday. Anderson teamed with Becca Younger for a win at No. 2 doubles, 8-3. She then went on to win at No. 3 singles, defeating Liz Currey 7-5, 2-6 (10-3).

Anderson won both her matches against Whitman, as well. After the Bearcats won two of three doubles matches, Whitman came back to win all but one of the six singles matches to take the victory.

Anderson and Younger won again at No. 2 doubles, thiT time defeating Katie Collier and trish Hayward, 9-7. Anderson then picked up the lone singles win, defeating Marta Janowski 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (9).

In other action Friday, Whitworth defeated Whitman 8-1 in the first round, then lost to top-seeded Linfield in the second round, 9-0.

PLU advanced to the finals with a 5-4 win over UPS. Linfield and PLU will play Saturday afternoon for the NWC championship.

Northwest Conference
Women's Tennis Tournament
April 21-22, 2006 at Yakima, Wash.

First Round (April 21)

PLU defeated Willamette 7-2
Singles
Nicole Petrzelka (PLU) def. Tiffany Kam (WU), 6-3, 7-6 (7-4)
Erika Feltus (PLU) def. Hannah Johnson (WU), 6-2, 6-3
Alaine Anderson (WU) def. Liz Currey (PLU), 7-5, 6-2 (10-3)
Amanda Anuraga (PLU) def. Becca Younger (WU), 7-5, 6-0
Bria Smith (PLU) def. Elise Helvie (WU), 8-0 (pro-set)
Katie Ogin (PLU) def. Xochilth Franklin (WU), 6-0, 6-3
Doubles
Feltus/Petrezelka (PLU) def. Johnson/Kam (WU), 8-6
Anderson/Younger (WU) def. Smith/Anuraga (PLU), 8-3
Currey/Ogin (PLU) def. Franklin/Helvie (WU), 8-1

Whitman 6, Willamette 3
Singles
Asiya Khaki (WM) def. Tiffany Kam (WU), 6-4, 7-5
Katie Collier (WM) def. Hannah Johnson (WU), 6-1, 6-4
Alaine Anderson (WU) def. Marta Jankowska (WM), 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (9)
Emily Smith (WM) def. Becca Younger (WU), 6-4, 6-1
Maura Flaherty (WM) def. Elise Helvie (WU), 6-1, 6-2
Trish Hayward (WM) def. Christy Newell (WU), 6-0, 6-1
Doubles
Johnson and Kam (WU) def. Khaki and Smith (WM), 8-5
Anderson and Younger (WU) Collier and Hayward (WM), 9-7
Jankowska and Amy Kunkle-Patterson (WM) def. Helvie and Newell (WU), 8-3