Missionary women swing into spring break win

Whitman's women's tennis team tops Salisbury University, 7-2, in California.

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CLAREMONT, Calif. - The Whitman College women's tennis team got its spring break trip off to a late yet successful start on Monday with a 7-2 neutral-court victory over Maryland's Salisbury University in Claremont, Calif.

The match, originally slated for 10 a.m., was delayed by rain for several hours.

Once the match started at about 6 p.m., Whitman got the early jump on its fifth straight victory with wins in two of three matches in doubles.

Senior Elise Otto and sophomore Alyssa Roberg posted an 8-3 victory at No. 1 doubles while junior Emily Rolston and sophomore Kate Kunkel-Patterson were 8-4 winners at No. 2.

Whitman's bid for a doubles sweep fell just short at No. 3, where junior Lizzy Schiller and first-year teammate Hannah Palkowitz lost a back-and-forth 9-8 (7-1) squeaker to Salisbury's Jessica Babyak and Rachel Lupinetti.

Whitman, now 8-4 on the season, followed up with wins in five of the six matches in singles.

The Sea Gulls, losing for the first time this spring, slipped to 3-1 on the season. Salisbury was the runner-up a year ago in Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) and finished its 2009-10 season with a 13-3 record.

Monday's best match in singles came in the No. 4 slot, where Rolston rebounded for a 4-6, 6-2, 6-0 victory over Victoria Handlin.

Palkowitz notched the clinching fifth team point with a 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) win over Lupinette at No. 6 singles.

Otto also needed a second-set tie-breaker at No. 2 singles, where she scrambled past Elaina Iosue 6-2, 7-6 (9-7).

Roberg cruised to a 6-2, 6-2 win at No. 1 singles while Schiller won 6-4, 6-1 at No. 5.

Angela Tenaglia, a Salibury senior and last week's CAC Player of the Week for women's tennis, captured the lone Sea Gull team point in singles with a win at No. 3 singles.

Whitman coach John Hein was pleased with his team's performance after a one-week layoff.

"I was really happy with the way we played," Hein said. "We got off to a solid start in doubles and the continued to play well. Salisbury is a young team, but they are talented and tough, and they played hard."

Whitman continues its spring break trip with three more matches later this week, starting with Chapman at 2 p.m. Thursday in Orange, Calif.

Whitman 7, Salisbury 2

SINGLES - Alyssa Roberg, Whit, def. Jillian Poppe, Sal, 6-2, 6-2. Elise Otto, Whit, def. Elaina Iosue, Sal, 6-2, 7-6 (9-7). Angela Tenaglia, Sal, def. Kate Kunkel-Patterson, Whit, 6-2, 6-2. Emily Rolston, Whit, def. Victoria Handlin, Sal, 4-6, 6-2, 6-0. Lizzy Schiller, Whit, def. Jessica Babyak, Sal, 6-4, 6-1. Hannah Palkowitz, Whit, def. Rachel Lupinetti, Sal, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4).

DOUBLES - Otto/Roberg, Whit, def. Poppe/Tenaglia, Sal, 8-3. Kunkel-Patterson/Rolston, Whit, def. Iosue/Handlin, Sal, 8-4. Babyak/Lupinetti, Sal, def. Schiller/Palkowitz, Whit, 9-8 (7-1).

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