YAKIMA - In a battle of women's tennis Whits, it was Whitworth University over Whitman College, 5-3, in the Saturday afternoon finals of the Northwest Conference Championships at the Tennis Club.
Whitworth, now 19-4 on the season and ranked No. 7 in the West Region of NCAA Division III, earned its second straight appearance in the national championship field.
Whitman, the third seed in the tournament, made the finals with a hard-fought 5-4 victory over second-seeded Linfield College on Friday.
Whitman, now 16-9 and ranked No. 10 in the west, fell into an early hole by losing two of three matches in the opening round of doubles.
The lone team point for Whitman in doubles came in the No. 1 match, where Elise Otto and Alyssa Roberg notched an 8-5 victory over Whitworth's Alli Marshall and Erica Bosman.
The Pirates won at No. 2, where Rachel Burns and Katie Staudinger cruised to an 8-3 win over Whitman's Hadley DeBree and Divneet Kaur, and at No. 3, where Mya Towne and Megan Wingfield beat Whitman's Emily Rolston and Kate Kunkel-Patterson.
Roberg and Otto netted All-NWC First Team honors for Whitman, and its second-year coach, John Hein, was voted women's Coach of the Year.