TACOMA — The Whitman women’s tennis team completed a three-match sweep that occurred over 36 hours and started in Spokane and ended in Tacoma, when they cruised to an 8 -1 win at Pacific Lutheran Sunday afternoon.
The Missionaries (7-1, 6-0 in Northwest Conference play) remained focused after a win earlier in the day, 5-4, at Puget Sound.
The Missionaries are now two matches in first place as they entered the afternoon with a one-match edge over the Lutes, who are now 4-2 in conference.
Whitman took all six singles matches and had its only bump in the road at No. 2 doubles, where it lost in a marathon 9-7 match.
Earlier Sunday, the Missionaries gutted out the 5-4 victory at Puget Sound in the morning before heading to PLU in the afternoon.
Courtney Lawless and Maddy Webster prevailed at No. 1 doubles, 8-3, Katrina Allick and Jenna Dobrin notched the same score at No. 2 and Kate Rubinstein and Kate Kunkel-Patterson cruised 8-1 in their match for the doubles sweep.
The Loggers worked their way back into the match when Logan Thompson defeated Dobrin, 6-3, 6-1, at No. 3 singles. UPS narrowed the lead to just one when Josie Dow won in a closely contested two-set match against Erin Minuth, 6-4, 6-4.
Lawless gave the Whits a little more cushion with her No. 1 singles victory over Maddie Thiesse, 6-1, 6-1.
Missionary Morgan Lawless sealed the deal by defeating Jenna Gerdsen, 6-1, 6-0, at No. 2.
At No. 4, Marissa Friedman outbattled Rubinstein, 6-4, 1-6, 6-4 and Olivia Bates gave Malia Ford everything she could handle before seeing victory disappear in a tiebreaker, 6-7, 6-4, 1-0 (10-4) at No. 6.
On Saturday, strong singles play at the top of the lineup cemented a 6-3 win over Whitworth.
Courtney Lawless breezed in her No. 1 singles match against Saryn Mooney, 6-0, 6-1.
At No. 2 Alyssa Roberg improved her spring season singles record to 4-0 as she defeated Jessi Steele, 6-2, 6-1.
Dobrin downed Debra Wingfield, 6-1, 6-2 at No. 4, making the match tally 6-1 in favor of the Missionaries.
With the match decided, the Pirates showed their pride in winning the last two singles matches.
In doubles, Whitman’s No. 1 team of Courtney Lawless and Roberg outduelded Pena and Mooney, 8-6.; at No. 2, Morgan Lawless and Dobrin notched Whitman’s second win of the match with an 8-2 conquest of Steele and Annika Westre.
Whitworth grabbed its first win of the day at No. 3 when Wingfield and Morgan McDivitt beat Webster and Allick, 8-4.
“I’m really proud of the team today,” coach John Hein said of the match. “It wasn’t our best day of doubles, but Morgan and Jenna really led the way and then Alyssa and Courtney showed great composure to hold off Whitworth’s team when they got on a roll.”
The Missionaries are on the road again this Saturday when they visit George Fox at 10 a.m. before playing Pacific at 4 p.m.