TACOMA - The women of Whitman College put a successful wrap on a long day of tennis with a 7-2 Northwest Conference victory over Puget Sound Friday night in the Logger Tennis Pavilion in Tacoma.
Coupled with a 7-2 victory over Pacific Lutheran earlier in the day, Whitman slipped into sole possession of second place in the NWC, improving its conference mark to 7-2, which seemed to be the number combination of the day for the Missionaries.
First-year ace Alyssa Roberg, who did not play in the earlier victory over the Lutes, wielded a sharp axe against the Loggers, winning 6-0, 6-0 at No. 1 singles against senior Samantha Taylor, and teaming with junior Elise Otto for a dominating 8-1 victory over Taylor and sophomore Madison Holtz at No. 1 doubles.
Adding to Whitman's 3-0 start in doubles were seniors Divneet Kaur and Hadley DeBree, who were 8-3 winners at No. 2, and sophomore Emily Rolston and first-year Missionary Kate Kunkel-Patterson, who pitched an 8-0 shutout at No. 3.
Kaur, Rolston and Kunkel-Patterson moved up a few notches in the Missionary singles lineup, posting straight-set wins in spots two through four.
Puget Sound picked up its team points at No. 5 singles, where Devin Fields slipped past Charlotte Scott 7-5, 6-4 in a battle of sophomores, and at No. 6, where senior Ashley Dombrow edged Whitman rookie Dena Wessel 6-4, 7-6.
Playing the first of two matches, the Whitman women outpointed Pacific Lutheran, 7-2, Friday afternoon in the Puget Sound Tennis Pavilion.
The Missionaries took charge early against Pacific Lutheran with victories in two of three matches in doubles.
Kaur and DeBree rolled to an 8-2 win victory over Ashley Coats and Cora Wigen at No. 1 doubles.
At No. 2, it was Rolston and Kunkel-Patterson downing Kristina Aarsvold and Heidi Weston 8-3.
Ali Burnside and Deanna Ellmer salvaged a point for the Lutes at No. 3 with a 9-8 (12-10) victory over Scott and Wessell.
Otto, after not playing in doubles, roared to a 6-2, 6-1 victory in No. 1 singles.
DeBree dropped a 6-1, 4-6, 10-6 decision to Wigen at No. 2 singles, but Kaur dominated at No. 3, downing Burnside 6-0, 6-0. Rolston subdued Aarsvold 6-2, 6-3 at No. 4.
Kunkel-Patterson dropped just two games while chalking up the victory at No. 5, and Scott cruised to a 6-0, 6-1 triumph at No. 6.
The Missionaries are off until next weekend, when they play five spring break matches in California.