Bearcats Sweep Singles in 8-1 Win over Bruins

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

BEAVERTON, ORE. -- Willamette University won all six singles matches on its way to an 8-1 victory over George Fox University on Friday, March 12 in Northwest Conference women's tennis action at the Tualatin Hills Tennis Center. The win upped Willamette's record to 7-3, all against NWC opponents. GFU fell to 0-8 overall, 0-7 in the NWC.

Natalia Agarycheva (Jr., Vancouver, WA/Prairie HS/U. of Northern Colorado) led the sweep in singles by defeating Molly Beaumont at the #1 position, 6-2, 6-0. Agarycheva improved to 8-1 in singles this season.

Katie Huber (Fr., St. Peter, MN/Saint Peter HS) defeated Mollee Robinson, 6-4, 6-4, at the #2 position. Huber also paired with Jaime Slonaker (Jr., Bainbridge Island, WA/Bainbridge HS) to win at #2 doubles, 8-2, over Cara Griffith and Liliya Abildayeva. Slonaker was also a singles winner in #5 action.

Alyssa Morrison (Sr., Anacortes, WA/Anacortes HS) and Fabi Dieguez (So., Salem, OR/Sprague HS/Oregon State Univ.) won their singles matches at the #3 and #4 positions, respectively. The Bearcats dropped just one match on the day.

The women's team will compete again tomorrow, Saturday, March 13, against Linfield College. Match time is set for 2:30 p.m. (PST) at the Courthouse Tennis Club at 1379 Madison NE in Salem, Ore.

Friday, March 12
At Tualatin Hills Tennis Center, Beaverton, Ore.

Willamette University 8, George Fox University 1

#1 - Natalia Agarycheva (WU) defeated Molly Beaumont (GFU), 6-2, 6-0
#2 - Katie Huber (WU) defeated Mollee Robinson (GFU), 6-4, 6-4
#3 - Alyssa Morrison (WU) defeated Allie Michelotti (GFU), 6-0, 6-1
#4 - Fabi Dieguez (WU) defeated Cara Griffith (GFU), 6-3, 6-3
#5 - Jamie Slonaker (WU) defeated Liliya Abildayeva (GFU), 6-1, 6-2
#6 - Emily Bee (WU) won by default

#1 - Beaumont and Robinson (GFU) defeated Dieguez and Morrison (WU), 9-8 (7-0)
#2 - Huber and Slonaker (WU) defeated Griffith and Abildayeva (GFU), 8-2
#3 - Bee and Brooke Sessums (WU) won by default

Willamette University is 7-3 overall, 7-3 NWC. George Fox University is 0-8 overall, 0-7 NWC.

Willamette University 8
George Fox University 1
Alyssa Morrison lost just one game in a straight-set victory at #3 singles.

Alyssa Morrison lost just one game in a straight-set victory at #3 singles.