Linfield Defeats Bearcats, 8-1, in NWC Match

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

McMINNVILLE, ORE. -- Linfield College improved to 16-4 on the season by defeating the visiting Willamette University Bearcats, 8-1, in a Northwest Conference women's tennis match on Tuesday, April 7. Although WU lost the overall match, the Bearcats received a win from Shannon Palmer (Fr., Salem, OR/Sprague HS) at #1 singles. She defeated Sallie Katter of Linfield, 5-7, 7-6 (7-3), 10-7 in a super tie-breaker played instead of a third set.

Linfield concluded its NWC schedule at 14-2 for second place in the conference standings. Willamette fell to 7-11 overall and remained in sixth place in the NWC at 6-9. With one conference match remaining, the Bearcats have already clinched an NWC Tournament berth.

Although Palmer won at #1 singles, the Wildcats took the remaining singles matches. At was the case at #1 singles, the #6 singles match involved a comeback that forced a super tie-breaker. The winner at #6 was Sarah Watanabe of Linfield, who outlasted Samantha Wong (Jr., Honolulu, HI/Iolani School), 3-6, 6-0, 13-11.

Watanabe also combined with Kiana Nip to win #3 doubles, 8-5, over WU's team of Fabi Dieguez (Fr., Salem, OR/Sprague HS/Oregon State Univ.) and Annika Moffett (Fr., Portland, OR/Lincoln HS. At #1 singles, the Linfield tandem of Katter and Abby Olbrich defeated Palmer and Jamie Slonaker (So., Bainbridge Island, WA/Bainbridge HS), 8-4.

The Bearcats will close out the regular season by playing the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Wash., on Saturday, April 11. Match time is scheduled for 1 p.m. (PDT).

Tuesday, April 7
At Linfield Tennis Center, McMinnville, Ore.

Linfield College 8, Willamette University 1

#1 - Shannon Palmer (WU) defeated Sallie Katter (LC), 5-7, 7-6 (7-3), 10-7*
#2 - Abby Olbrich (LC) defeated Alyssa Morrison (WU), 6-0 6-0
#3 - Sophie Larson (LC) defeated Abby Funabiki (WU), 6-3, 6-1
#4 - Kiana Nip (LC) defeated Fabi Dieguez (WU), 6-0, 6-4
#5 - Sarah Click (LC) defeated Jamie Slonaker (WU), 6-0, 6-0
#6 - Sarah Watanabe (LC) defeated Samantha Wong (WU) , 3-6, 6-0, 13-11*

#1 - Katter and Olbrich (LC) defeated Palmer and Slonaker (WU), 8-4
#2 - Click and Larson (LC) defeated Morrison and Funabiki (WU), 8-2
#3 - Watanabe and Nip (LC) defeated Dieguez and Annika Moffett (WU), 8-5

* Tie-breaker played instead of a third set

Linfield College is 16-4 overall, 14-2 in the Northwest Conference. Willamette University is 7-11 overall, 6-9 in the NWC.

Linfield College 8
Willamette University 1
Shannon Palmer of Willamette defeated Sallie Katter of Linfield at #1 singles.

Shannon Palmer of Willamette defeated Sallie Katter of Linfield at #1 singles.