Whitman women's tennis team beats Whitworth

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SPOKANE - Whitman rolled to a 6-0 lead on the way to a 6-3 win at Whitworth in a Northwest Conference women's tennis match on Saturday afternoon here at the Scotford Tennis Center.

The visiting Missionaries improved to 12-3 overall and 7-1 in the NWC, while the Pirates fell to 10-4, 6-2.

Whitman jumped to a 3-0 lead following the doubles matches. Emily Rolston and Morgan Lawless made quick work of Whitworth's Saryn Mooney and Jessi Steele 8-1 at #2 doubles. Soon after Maddy Webster and Hanna Palkowitz defeated Megan Wingfield and Claire Hemming 8-3.

The #1 doubles match was much closer. The Missionary pair of Alyssa Robert and Courtney Lawless jumped to a quick 4-1 lead on Alli Marshall and Erica Bosman. But the Pirates rallied to tie the match 6-6. Whitman then held serve and followed by breaking Bosman's serve to win 8-6.

The Missionaries clinched the team victory by sweeping the top three singles matches. Roberg topped Marshall 6-4, 6-2 and Courtney Lawless defeated Bosman 6-4, 6-3 at the top two spots. Morgan Lawless beat Mooney 6-4, 6-3 as well to give Whitman an insurmountable 6-0 lead.

Whitman returns home to host Linfield at 11 a.m. Friday.

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