Lewis & Clark Defeats Willamette, 5-3, in Fifth Place Match

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

YAKIMA, WASH. -- Lewis & Clark College won the top two singles matches and the top two doubles matches on on its way to a 5-3 victory over Willamette University to take fifth place at the Northwest Conference Women's Tennis Tournament, Friday, April 18 at the Yakima Tennis Club. L&C finished the season at 12-8, while Willamette concluded its schedule at 8-13.

Alyssa Morrison (So., Anacortes, WA/Anacortes HS) and Samantha Wong (So., Honolulu, HI/Iolani School) won #3 doubles for the Bearcats. They achieved an 8-3 victory over Alix Dixon and Mika Yokoyama.

Willamette also received singles victories from Alaine Anderson (Sr., Santa Ana, CA/Foothill HS) at the #3 position and from Abby Funabiki (Jr., Pullman, WA/Pullman HS/Quinnipiac University) at the #4 position. Anderson defeated Whitney DeBree, 6-1, 6-1. Funabiki held off Paige Earhart for a 6-2, 7-5 victory.

The Pioneers won #1 doubles with Amalia Nilsson and DeBree outscoring Anderson and Jamie Slonaker (Fr., Bainbridge Island, WA/Bainbridge HS), 8-5. L&C also took the top singles match, as Nilsson downed Tiffany Kam (Sr., Pearl City, HI/Punahou School), 6-1, 6-0. Nilsson was 16-0 in NWC singles matches during the regular season.

Friday, April 18
Northwest Conference Women's Tennis Championship

Fifth Place Match
At Yakima Tennis Club, Yakima, Wash.

Lewis & Clark College 5, Willamette University 3

Singles
#1 - Amalia Nilsson (L&C) defeated Tiffany Kam (WU), 6-1, 6-0
#2 - Lisa Harunaga (L&C) defeated Alyssa Morrison (WU), 6-2, 6-3
#3 - Alaine Anderson (WU) defeated Whitney DeBree (L&C), 6-1, 6-1
#4 - Abby Funabiki (WU) defeated Paige Earhart (L&C), 6-2, 7-5
#5 - Maggie Peach (L&C) defeated Jamie Slonaker (WU), 6-1, 6-2
#6 - Teresa Kiemnec (L&C) vs. Samantha Wong (WU), 6-2, 1-2, did not finish

Doubles
#1 - Nilsson and DeBree (L&C) defeated Anderson and Slonaker (WU), 8-5
#2 - Harunaga and Peach (L&C) defeated Kam and Funabiki (WU), 8-6
#3 - Morrison and Wong (WU) defeated Alix Dixon and Mika Yokoyama (L&C), 6-3

Records: Lewis & Clark finished the year at 12-8 overall (11-5 in the NWC in the regular season); Willamette finished the year at 8-13 overall (8-8 in the NWC in the regular season).

Abby Funabiki defeated Paige Earhart, 6-2, 7-5.

Abby Funabiki defeated Paige Earhart, 6-2, 7-5.

Alaine Anderson won #3 singles, 6-1, 6-1.

Alaine Anderson won #3 singles, 6-1, 6-1.