Whitworth Defeats Willamette, 7-2, as Teams Split Four Three-Set Matches

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

SPOKANE, WASH. -- Whitworth University built a 3-0 lead in doubles and then added wins at four singles positions, including two three-set victories, as the Pirates downed Willamette University, 7-2, at the Scotford Tennis Center on Friday, April 6. Overall, four singles matches reached a third set, with each team claiming two triumphs.

Whitworth improved to 11-4 on the season, 7-2 in the Northwest Conference. The Bearcats ended the day at 6-7 overall, 4-5 in the NWC.

Willamette recorded its two wins in a duo of three-set matches. At #2 singles, Sabrina Gutierrez (So., Newbury Park, CA/Newbury Park HS) edged out Erica Bosman of Whitworth in a third-set tie-breaker, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7-3). Bosman entered the match ranked #16 in the West Region in singles.

At #3 singles, Denise Poltavski (Fr., Woodland Hills, CA/Camino Real HS) of Willamette won the first set and dropped the second set, before securing the win, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, over Saryn Mooney.

Victories were earned by Whitworth after the first two sets were split at #4 and #5 singles. In the #4 match, Jessi Steele outlasted Willamette's Emily Bee (Sr., Portland, OR/Lincoln HS), 6-1, 3-6, 6-1. At #5 singles, Megan Wingfield defeated Emily Funabiki (So., Pullman, WA/Pullman HS) in a super tie-breaker played instead of a third set. Wingfield won 6-3, 3-6, 10-6.

Alli Marshall won for the Pirates at #1 singles over Shannon Palmer (Sr., Salem, OR/Sprague HS), 6-2, 6-2. The Pirates also logged a win at #6 singles, where Siri Carlson prevailed in a close match-up with Elise Derby (Fr., Oakdale, CA/Oakdale HS) of Willamette, 6-3, 6-4.

Marshall and Bosman combined to win #1 doubles for Whitworth, 8-2, over Palmer and Gutierrez. At #2 doubles, the Whitworth team of Mooney and Steele downed Poltavski and Bee, 8-4. The #3 doubles match also went to the Pirates, as Wingfield and Claire Hemming defeated Funabiki and Derby, 8-1.

Willamette will remain on the road to take on Whitman College in Walla Walla, Wash., on Saturday, April 7. Match time is slated for 10 a.m. (PDT).

BOX SCORE
Whitworth University 7
Willamette University 2
Denise Poltavski held off Saryn Mooney to win #3 singles for the Bearcats, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.

Denise Poltavski held off Saryn Mooney to win #3 singles for the Bearcats, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.