WALLA WALLA - Winning twice in doubles and five times in singles was the formula for a comfortable 7-2 Whitman College victory over Puget Sound in Northwest Conference women's tennis action Friday afternoon in the Bratton Tennis Center.
Whitman improved to 3-1 in the NWC and squared its season mark at 3-3. The Loggers slipped to 2-4 in conference and 3-4 overall.
Up 2-1 after doubles, Whitman quickly extended its lead in the team scoring to 4-1 when senior Elise Otto dispatched Maddison Holtz 6-2, 6-0 at No. 1 singles and sophomore Alyssa Roberg downed Maddie Thiesse by the same score at No. 2
That put junior Emily Rolston at No. 3 and sophomore Kate Kunkel-Patterson at No. 2 in position to nail down the clinching fifth team point.
Rolston was the first to finish, scoring a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Jenna Gerdsen. Kunkel-Patterson finished next, edging Logan Thompson 7-6 (7-4), 6-3.
The two sides split the last two decisions in singles.
Puget Sound's Marissa Friedman tallied a 6-2, 6-2 win over first-year Missionary Maggie Eismeier at No. 6 singles.
Whitman junior Lizzy Schiller, playing her first season off college tennis, rallied for a 2-6, 6-4, 10-6 victory over Ada Yu at No. 5.
In doubles, Otto and Roberg cruised to a rapid 8-0 victory at No. 1 doubles, downing Holtz and Thiesse.
Rolston and Kunkel-Patterson had more of a battle at No. 2, inching ahead 4-3 to start that match. They soon took charge, reeling off four straight games for an 8-3 victory over Friedman and Thompson.
Schiller and first-year teammate Leah Siegel jumped to early leads of 4-1 and 5-2 at No. 3 doubles, but Yu and Gerdsen took the next four games to even the match at 5-all.
The Logger duo stayed hot, winning three of the next four games for an 8-6 win.
Whitman stayed at home Saturday to host Whitworth.
Whitman 7, Puget Sound 2
SINGLES - Elise Otto, Whit, def Maddison Holtz, UPS, 6-1, 6-0. Alyssa Roberg, Whit, def Maddie Thiesse, UPS, 6-1, 6-0. Emily Rolston, Whit, def Jenna Gerdsen, UPS, 6-2, 6-4. Kate Kunkel-Patterson, Whit, def Logan Thompson, UPS, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3. Lizzy Schiller, Whit, def Ada Yu, UPS, 2-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-6). Marissa Friedman, UPS, def Maggie Eismeier, Whit, 6-2, 6-2.
DOUBLES - Otto/Roberg, Whit, def Holtz/Thiesse, UPS, 8-0. Kunkel-Patterson/Rolston, Whit, def Friedman/Thompson, UPS, 8-3. Gerdsen/Yu, UPS, def Schiller/Siegel, Whit, 8-6.