Palmer Finishes Second in Singles at Wilson/ITA Northwest Regional

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

SALEM, ORE. -- Willamette University freshman Shannon Palmer (Salem, OR/Sprague HS) rallied from a set down to take an exciting victory in the semifinals, before losing to #1-seeded Elise Otto of Whitman College in the title match, at the Wilson/ITA Small College Northwest Regional Women's Tennis Championship, hosted by Willamette. The three-day tournament concluded on Monday, Sept. 29, with the semifinals and finals on both sides of the singles and doubles brackets.

In her semifinal match, Palmer (seeded #4) trailed Rachel Burns of Whitworth (seeded #2) after Burns won the first set, 6-4. Palmer took the second set in a tie-breaker, 7-6 (7-2), then rallied from a 6-2 deficit to win the super tie-breaker that decided the match, 11-9.

Elise Otto (left) defeated Shannon Palmer (right) in the singles final.Otto downed Palmer, 6-2, 6-3 in the singles final. Otto reached the final by defeating Mya Towne of Whitworth (seeded #6), 6-0, 6-3, in the semifinals.

Palmer combined with Abby Funabiki (Sr., Pullman, WA/Pullman HS) to reach the semifinals in doubles. In the semis, they were defeated by the #2-seeded team of Cat Goya and Megan Yoshimoto of Pacific University, 8-3. Otto and Katie Oost of Whitman defeated #4-seeded Sarah Click and Abby Olbrich of Linfield College in the semifinals, before winning the title by defeating Goya and Yoshimoto in the finals, 8-5.

Katie Oost (right) and Elise Otto (second from right) defeated Megan Yoshimoto (left) and Cat Goya (second from left) in the doubles final.Otto will compete in singles and will combine with Oost in doubles at the Wilson/ITA National Small College Championships, set for Oct. 16-19 in Mobile, Ala. The National Championships will be held at the Copeland-Cox Tennis Center.

The singles consolation final at the Northwest Regional was won by Mollee Robinson of George Fox University with a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Stephanie Reardon of Whitworth. In the doubles consolation final, the team of Kirstie Franceschina and Sarah Watanabe of Linfield College downed Robinson and Heather Orr of GFU, 9-7.

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 Semifinals (At WU Tennis Courts)
(#1) Elise Otto (Whitman) defeated
(#6) Mya Towne (Whitworth), 6-0, 6-3

(#4) Shannon Palmer (Willamette) defeated
(#2) Rachel Burns (Whitworth), 4-6, 7-6 (7-2), 11-9

Singles Championship Match (At WU Tennis Courts)
(#1) Elise Otto (Whitman) defeated
(#4) Shannon Palmer (Willamette), 6-2, 6-3

Doubles Semifinals (At WU Tennis Courts)
(#1) Katie Oost/Elise Otto (Whitman) defeated
(#4) Sarah Click/Abby Olbrich (Linfield), 8-4

#2) Cat Goya/Megan Yoshimoto (Pacific) defeated
Abby Funabiki/Shannon Palmer (Willamette), 8-3

Doubles Championship Match (At WU Tennis Courts)
(#1) Katie Oost/Elise Otto (Whitman) defeated
Cat Goya/Megan Yoshimoto (Pacific), 8-5

Freshman Shannon Palmer reached the finals in singles and the semifinals in doubles at the Wilson/ITA Northwest Regional.

Freshman Shannon Palmer reached the finals in singles and the semifinals in doubles at the Wilson/ITA Northwest Regional.