Whitworth Edges Willamette, 5-4, in Northwest Conference Match

By Robert McKinney, Athletics Communications Director, (503) 370-6110

(WOMEN'S TENNIS) SALEM, ORE. -- Whitworth College split the singles matches, but won two out of three doubles matches, as the Pirates edged Willamette University, 5-4, in a Northwest Conference match aon Saturday, March 17. Whitworth upped its overall and NWC record to 5-6. Willamette fell to 3-8 overall, 3-6 in the NWC.

Willamette won #1 singles, #2 singles and #3 singles, each in a super tie-breaker played instead of a third set. The Pirates won each of the bottom three singles matches.

At #1 singles, Tiffany Kam (Jr., Pearl City, HI/Punahou HS) of Willamette defeated Rachael McCoola, 6-2, 4-6, (10-5). In the #2 singles match, Alaine Anderson (Jr., Santa Ana, CA/Foothills HS) rallied past Lynh Aven of Whitworth, 0-6, 7-5, (10-6). At #3 singles, Alyssa Morrison (Fr., Anacortes, WA/Anacortes HS) also rallied to take a 3-6, 6-3, (10-6) win over Katie Troxell of Whitworth.

Betsy Johnson, Taryn Smith and Justine Hays of Whitworth won #4, #5 and #6 singles, respectively. Each claimed victory in consecutive sets.

WU's #1 doubles team of Kam and Anderson downed Aven and Troxell, 8-1. Johnson and and McCoola of Whitworth took #2 doubles over Morrison and Abby Funabiki (So., Pullman, WA/Pullman HS), 8-4. Smith and Hays won #3 doubles for the Pirates, as they shut out Emily Elliott (Fr., Woodside, CA/Woodside Priory) and Christy Newell (Jr., Vancouver, WA/Jesuit HS), 8-0.

Willamette remains on the road to take on Whitman College in Walla Walla, Wash., on Sunday, March 18. Match time is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. (PDT). Whitman defeated the Bearcats, 7-2, on Feb. 18 in Salem, Ore.

Saturday, Marcy 17, 2007
At Whitworth College, Spokane, Wash.

Whitworth College 5, Willamette University 4

Singles
#1 - Tiffany Kam (WU) defeated Rachael McCoola (WHTW), 6-2, 4-6, 10-5*
#2 - Alaine Anderson (WU) defeated Lynh Aven (WHTW), 0-6, 7-5, 10-6*
#3 - Alyssa Morrison (WU) defeated Katie Troxell (WHTW), 3-6, 6-3, 10-6*
#4 - Betsy Johnson (WHTW) defeated Emily Elliott (WU), 6-3, 6-0
#5 - Taryn Smith (WHTW) defeated Christy Newell (WU), 6-1, 6-3
#6 - Jusitne Hays (WHTW) defeated Abby Funabiki (WU), 6-3, 6-3

Doubles
#1 - Kam and Anderson (WU) defeated Aven and Troxell (WHTW), 8-1
#2 - Johnson and McCoola (WHTW) defeated Morrison and Funabiki (WU), 8-4
#3 - Smith and Hays (WHTW) defeated Elliott and Newell (WU), 8-0

* Tie-breaker instead of third set

Records: Willamette University, 3-8 overall, 3-6 NWC; Whitworth College, 5-6 overall, 5-6 NWC

Alaine Anderson earned wins at #2 singles and #1 doubles against Whitworth.

Alaine Anderson earned wins at #2 singles and #1 doubles against Whitworth.