Palmer Advances to Semifinals in Singles at Wilson/ITA Regional

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

SALEM, ORE. -- Willamette University freshman Shannon Palmer (Salem, OR/Sprague HS) has reached the semifinals in both singles and doubles at the Wilson/ITA Small College Northwest Regional Women's Tennis Championship, hosted by Willamette. The three-day tournament will conclude on Monday, Sept. 29.

On Sunday, winner's side matches in singles and doubles were played at the WU Tennis Courts, while consolation matches were played at the Salem Swim and Tennis Club. On Monday, all of the action -- semifinals and finals on both sides of the singles and doubles brackets -- will be played at the WU Tennis Courts.

Palmer, seeded #4 in singles, will take on Rachel Burns of Whitworth University, seeded #2, in one of the semifinal matches. The other semifinal features #1 seed Elise Otto of Whitman College against the #6 seed, Mya Towne of Whitworth. Both matches will start at 8:30 a.m. (PDT), with the winners playing for the Regional title at 10:30 a.m.

In doubles, Palmer and Abby Funabiki (Sr., Pullman, WA/Pullman HS) will represent Willamette in the semifinals. They will take on the #2-seeded team of Cat Goya and Megan Yoshimoto from Pacific University. The remaining semifinal match will be played between #1-seeded Katie Oost and Otto of Whitman and #4-seeded Sarah Click and Abby Olbrich of Linfield College. Funabiki and Palmer were the only unseeded team to reach the semifinals.

At Willamette University, Salem, Ore.
Wilson/ITA Small College Northwest Regional Women's Tennis Championship

Single Results
Consolation Singles Results
Doubles Results
Consolation Doubles Results

Singles Quarterfinals (Sunday at WU Tennis Courts)
(#1) Elise Otto (Whitman) defeated
(#8) Abby Olbrich (Linfield), 7-6 (7-4), 6-4

(#6) Mya Towne (Whitworth) defeated
(#3) Sophie Larson (Linfield), 6-0, 6-2

(#4) Shannon Palmer (Willamette) defeated
Katie Staudinger (Whitworth), 6-3, 6-3

(#2) Rachel Burns (Whitworth) defeated
Ashley Brooks (Pacific Lutheran), 6-3, 6-1

Singles Semifinals (8:30 a.m., Monday at WU Tennis Courts)
(#1) Elise Otto (Whitman) vs. (#6) Mya Towne (Whitworth)
(#4) Shannon Palmer (Willamette) vs. (#2) Rachel Burns (Whitworth)
Winners meet in the Singles Final at 10:30 a.m.

Doubles Quarterfinals (Sunday at WU Tennis Courts)
(#1) Katie Oost/Elise Otto (Whitman) defeated
Ashley Brooks/Ashley Coats (Pacific Lutheran), 8-1

(#4) Sarah Click/Abby Olbrich (Linfield) defeated
Jacquie Frank/Charlotte Scott (Whitman), 8-3

Abby Funabiki/Shannon Palmer (Willamette) defeated
Alli Marshall/Mya Towne (Whitworth), 8-3

(#2) Cat Goya/Megan Yoshimoto (Pacific) defeated
Sophie Larson/Kiana Nip (Linfield), 8-1

Doubles Semifinals (Time TBA, Monday at WU Tennis Courts)
(#1) Katie Oost/Elise Otto (Whitman) vs. (#4) Sarah Click/Abby Olbrich (Linfield)
Abby Funabiki/Shannon Palmer (Willamette) vs. (#2) Cat Goya/Megan Yoshimoto (Pacific)
Winners meet in the Doubles Final, Time TBA

The semifinals and finals of the Wilson/ITA Small College Northwest Regional will be played at Willamette on Monday.

The semifinals and finals of the Wilson/ITA Small College Northwest Regional will be played at Willamette on Monday.