Whitman women crush Tacoma schools in NWC tennis

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TACOMA - Whitman completed a sweep of Tacoma here Saturday in Northwest Conference women's tennis action. The Missionaries posted a 6-3 win over the University of Puget Sound after defeating Pacific Lutheran 9-0 Friday.

On Saturday, Whitman took two of the three doubles points, winning the No. 1 and No. 2 matches. Whitman's Alyssa Roberg and Courtney Lawless defeated Allison Embernate and Josie Dow 8-1 while Morgan Lawless and Emily Rolston came away with the 8-2 win over Logan Thompson and Marissa Friedman. Ada Yu and Maddie Thiesse scored the Loggers first point with a 9-7 win over Whitman's Erin Minuth and Maddy Webster.

Courtney Lawless, Morgan Lawless, Rolston, and Hannah Palkowitz posted Whitman wins in singles play to give the Missionaries the 6-3 match win.

Courtney Lawless earned the 6-1, 6-0 win over Thiesse at No. 1 while Morgan Lawless took a 6-1, 6-2 win over Jenna Gerdsen at No. 2.

The Loggers' Marissa Friedman put up a fight and forced a third set but eventually fell 6-0, 3-6, 6-1 to Rolston. Palkowitz captured Whitman's final win at No. 6 with a 7-6, 6-1 decision over Yu.

In Friday action, Whitman College blanked Pacific Lutheran 9-0.

The first-year duo of Courtney Lawless and Webster set the tone with an 8-0 victory at No. 1 doubles. Morgan Lawless and Rolston were almost as dominant at No. 2, winning 8-1.

Senior Lizzy Schiller and Palkowitz completed the doubles sweep at No. 3, with an 8-4 win.

The Missionary singles all won in straight sets to complete the 9-0 shutout.

The most competitive match in singles came at No. 3, where junior Kate Kunkel-Patterson edged Tina Aarsvold 7-6 (7-1), 6-3.

Courtney Lawless got the win at No. 1 singles, dispatching Leah Newell 6-1, 6-0 while sister Courtney posted a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Cora Wigen at No. 2.

Rolston and Schiller added straight-set wins at No. 4 and No. 5 singles, while Sara Finkleman shot past Catherine Miolla 6-2, 6-0 in the No. 6 spot.

The wins improve Whitman to 3-1 in NWC play. The Missionaries host Pacific Friday in their next NWC match.

The Missionaries also played Bellevue College in a non-league match Saturday, but results were not available as the Union-Bulletin went to press.

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