Lewis & Clark Downs Willamette, 6-3

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

PORTLAND, ORE. -- Lewis & Clark College won two of three doubles matches, then claimed four of six singles matches, as the Pioneers defeated visiting Willamette University, 6-3, in Northwest Conference women's tennis action on Saturday, March 1. L&C improved to 5-3 overall, 5-1 in the NWC, while Willamette fell to 1-6 overall, 1-5 in the conference.

Samantha Wong (Fr., Honolulu, HI/Iolani HS) of Willamette was victorious at #6 singles and at #3 doubles. She won her singles match over Teresa Kiemnec in a tie-breaker played instead of a third set, 6-0, 4-6, 10-7. In doubles, Won teamed with Jamie Slonaker (Fr., Bainbridge Island, WA/Bainbridge HS) to defeat Paige Earhart and Alix Dixon of L&C, 8-4.

At #1 singles, Amalia Nilsson of L&C defeated Tiffany Kam (Sr. Pearl City, HI/Punahou School), 6-0, 6-2. LIsa Harunaga won for Lewis & Clark at #2 singles, as she downed Alaine Anderson (Sr., Santa Ana, CA/Foothills HS), 6-2, 6-0.

Willamette's Alyssa Morrison (So., Anacortes , WA/Anacortes HS) gave Whitney DeBree of L&C a solid battle at #3 singles, but DeBree eventually prevailed, 7-5, 6-3. Abby Funabiki (Jr., Pullman, WA/Pullman HS) provided the Bearcats with a victory at #4 singles in straight sets over Paige Earhart, 6-3, 6-1.

The Bearcats are scheduled to return to action on Friday, March 7, when they will host Pacific University. Match time at the WU Tennis Courts is set for 3 p.m. (PST).

Saturday, March 1
At Lewis & Clark Tennis Dome, Portland, Ore.

Lewis & Clark College 6, Willamette University 3

#1 - Amalia Nilsson (L&C) defeated Tiffany Kam (WU), 6-0, 6-2
#2 - Lisa Harunaga (L&C) defeated Alaine Anderson (WU), 6-2, 6-0
#3 - Whitney DeBree (L&C) defeated Alyssa Morrison (WU), 7-5, 6-3
#4 - Abby Funabiki (WU) defeated Paige Earhart (L&C), 6-3, 6-1
#5 - Maggie Peach (L&C) defeated Jamie Slonaker (WU), 6-2, 6-2
#6 - Samantha Wong (WU) defeated Teresa Kiemnec (L&C), 6-4, 4-6, (10-7)*

#1 - Nilsson and DeBree (L&C) defeated Kam and Anderson (WU), 8-0
#2 - Harunaga and Peach (L&C) defeated Morrison and Funabiki (WU), 8-3
#3 - Slonaker and Wong (WU) defeated Earhart and Alix Dixon (L&C), 8-4

* Tie-breaker played instead of a third set

Willamette is 1-6 overall, 1-5 in the NWC; Lewis & Clark is 5-3 overall, 5-1 in the NWC.