Willamette Wins Top Three Singles Matches in 6-3 Victory over Lutes

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

TACOMA, WASH. -- Willamette University won the top three singles matches in a 6-3 victory against Pacific Lutheran University, in Northwest Conference women's tennis action at the UPS Tennis Pavilion on Friday, Feb. 26. The Bearcats improved to 5-1 overall, 5-1 in the NWC, while the Lutes fell to 0-7 overall, 0-6 in the NWC.

Natalia Agarycheva (Jr., Vancouver, WA/Prairie HS/U. of Northern Colorado) led Willamette by winning #1 singles over Ashley Coats, 6-0, 6-2.

Alyssa Morrison (Sr., Anacortes, WA/Anacortes HS) won #2 singles in a lengthy battle with Cora Wigen of PLU. After Morrison and Wigen split the first two sets, Morrison won a super tie-breaker played instead of a third set to eventually triumph, 6-4, 2-6, 1-0 (10-2).

At #3 singles, Fabi Dieguez (Jr., Salem, OR/Sprague HS/Oregon State Univ.) of WU defeated Ali Burnside of Pacific Lutheran. Dieguez claimed the victory with scores of 6-1 and 6-4.

Willamette won two of the doubles matches to build a 2-1 edge over the Lutes. Dieguez and Morrison easily defeated Heidi Weston and Tina Aarsvold of PLU at #2 doubles, 8-1. Jamie Slonaker (Jr., Bainbridge Island, WA/Bainbridge HS) and Emily Bee (So., Portland, OR/Lincoln HS) of WU downed Caitlyn Hoerr and Deanna Ellmer, 8-2, at #3 doubles.

PLU picked up wins at #1 doubles, #4 singles and #6 singles. At #4 singles, Aarsvold won against Kate Thurber, when Thurber had to retire due to injury after two games.

The Bearcats will play at Lewis & Clark College on Sunday, Feb. 28 at 9:30 a.m. (PST). It will be Willamette's fourth consecutive NWC match on the road. The 'Cats are scheduled to play at home on Saturday, March 6 against Whitworth University and Sunday, March 7 against Whitman College.

Saturday, Feb. 26
At UPS Tennis Pavilion, Tacoma, Wash.

Willamette University 6, Pacific Lutheran University 3

Singles
#1 - Natalia Agarycheva (WU) defeated Ashley Coats (PLU), 6-0, 6-2
#2 - Alyssa Morrison (WU) defeated Cora Wigen (PLU), 6-4, 2-6, 1-0 (10-2)*
#3 - Fabi Dieguez (WU) defeated Ali Burnside (PLU), 6-1, 6-4
#4 - Tina Aarsvold (PLU) defeated Kate Thurber (WU), 2-0, retired
#5 - Jamie Slonaker (WU) defeated Heidi Weston (PLU), 6-4, 6-3
#6 - Caitlyn Hoerr (PLU) defeated Emily Bee (WU), 6-2, 6-4

Doubles
#1 - Coats and Wigen (PLU) defeated Agarycheva and Thurber (WU), 8-5
#2 - Dieguez and Morrison (WU) defeated Weston and Aarsvold (PLU), 8-1
#3 - Slonaker and Emily Bee (WU) defeated Hoerr and Deanna Ellmer (PLU), 8-2

* Tie-breaker played instead of a third set

Records:
Willamette University is 5-1 overall, 5-1 NWC. Pacific Lutheran University is 0-7 overall, 0-6 NWC.

BOX SCORE
Willamette University 6
Pacific Lutheran University 3
Fabi Dieguez picked up wins at #3 singles and #2 doubles to help WU defeat the Lutes.

Fabi Dieguez picked up wins at #3 singles and #2 doubles to help WU defeat the Lutes.