Willamette Sweeps Doubles on Way to 6-3 Victory over George Fox

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

(WOMEN'S TENNIS) SALEM, ORE. -- Willamette University swept the three doubles matches and won three of six singles matches, as the Bearcats defeated visiting George Fox University, 6-3, in Northwest Conference women's tennis action at the Courthouse Tennis Club on Friday, March 9. Willamette improved to 3-6 overall, including 3-4 in the NWC. The Bruins fell to 1-6 overall, 1-5 in the conference.

Susan Butler (Sr., Boise, ID/Boise HS) combined with Alaine Anderson (Jr., Santa Ana, CA/Foothills HS) to win #1 doubles over GFU's team of Valerie Ring and Lindsay Hagler, 8-3. Butler also won #1 singles, as she defeated Ring in straight sets, 6-2, 6-4. In addition to Butler's victory, Willamette also won #2 and #6 singles. George Fox claimed wins at #3, #4, and #5 singles.

The Bearcats remain at home on Saturday, March 10 to take on the University of Puget Sound. The match is scheduled to be played at the Willamette University Tennis Courts at 11 a.m. (PST). Weather conditions may force a delayed start at 1 p.m. or cause the match to be moved indoors at 4 p.m. at the Courthouse Tennis Club.

Friday, March 9
At Courthouse Tennis Club, Salem, Ore.

Willamette University 6, George Fox University 3

#1 - Susan Butler (WU) defeated Valerie Ring (GFU), 6-2, 6-4
#2 - Alaine Anderson (WU) defeated Lindsay Hagler (GFU), 6-3, 6-4
#3 - Rebecca Crinnion (GFU) defeated Emily Elliott (WU), 6-2, 6-4
#4 - Leilani Jackson (GFU) defeated Abby Funabiki (WU), 7-6 (7-5), 6-1
#5 - Brittany Ekstrom (GFU) defeated Christy Newell (WU), 7-6 (8-6), 6-2
#6 - Becca Younger (WU) defeated Alayna Shaw (GFU), 6-3, 6-1

#1 - Butler and Anderson (WU) defeated Ring and Hagler (GFU), 8-3
#2 - Elliott and Funabiki (WU) defeated Shaw and Crinnion (GFU), 8-5
#3 - Newell and Younger (WU) defeated Ekstrom and Jackson (GFU), 8-5

Records: Willamette, 3-6 overall, 3-4 NWC; George Fox, 1-6 overall, 1-5 NWC