Whitman Defeats Bearcats, 8-1, at Courthouse Tennis Center

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

SALEM, ORE. -- Whitman College swept the singles matches and the Missionaries defeated Willamette University, 8-1, in a Northwest Conference match at the Courthouse Tennis Center on Saturday, Feb 23. Whitman improved to 3-3 overall, 3-2 in the NWC. Willamette dropped to 0-4 overall, 0-3 in the conference.

Willamette's lone victory was earned by Alyssa Morrison (So., Anacortes, WA/Anacortes HS) and Abby Funabiki (Jr., Pullman, WA/Pullman HS) at #3 doubles, as they rallied to defeat Divneet Kaur and Jacquie Frank, 8-6. Morrison and Funabiki trailed 6-3 before winning five games in a row.

At #1 singles, Elise Otto of Whitman downed Tiffany Kam (Sr., Pearl City, HI/Punahou School) 6-1 in the first set, then earned a slim 7-5 win in the second set. Another close set took place at #6 singles, as Alex Robinson of Whitman edged Jamie Slonaker (Fr., Bainbridge Island, WA/Bainbridge HS) of WU, 7-6 (7-4 in the tie-breaker). Robinson went on to win the match by downing Slonaker 6-2 in the second set.

The Bearcats will play at George Fox University in Newberg, Ore., on Friday, Feb. 29. Match time is scheduled for 2 p.m. (PST).

Saturday, Feb. 23
At Courthouse Tennis Club, Salem, Ore.

Whitman College 8, Willamette University 1

1. Elise Otto (WTMN) defeated Tiffany Kam (WU), 6-1, 7-5
2. Hadley DeBree (WTMN) defeated Alaine Anderson (WU), 6-2, 6-2
3. Margo Lentz (WTMN) defeated Alyssa Morrison (WU), 6-4, 6-3
4. Katie Oost (WTMN) defeated Emily Elliott (WU), 6-0, 6-2
5. Divneet Kauer (WTMN) defeated Abby Funabiki (WU), 6-2, 6-1
6. Alex Robinson (WTMN) defeated Jamie Slonaker (WU), 7-6 (7-4), 6-2

1. Otto and Lentz (WTMN) defeated Kam and Anderson (WU), 8-1
2. DeBree and Oost (WTMN) defeated Elliott and Slonaker (WU), 8-3
3. Morrison and Funabiki (WU) defeated Kaur and Jacquie Frank (WTMN), 8-6

Records: Whitman is 3-3 overall, 3-2 in the NWC; Willamette is 0-4 overall, 0-3 in the NWC