Missionaries rolling after wins over UT-Tyler, Trinity

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CLAREMONT, Calif. — The 27th-ranked Whitman College women won their second match in three days on their California swing when they downed University of Texas-Tyler, 7-2, Wednesday morning, improving their overall mark to 11-2.

The victory came a day after the Missionaries defeated No. 13 Trinity University, 5-2. It was the first victory over a top-15 team in the program’s recent history.

On Wednesday, things started off briskly for Whitman as it swept doubles to give them a 3-0 lead.

At No. 1, Alyssa Roberg and Courtney Lawless defeated Jessica Blundell and Jennifer Payne, 8-4.

Maddy Webster and Morgan Lawless were victorious at No. 2, downing Rachel Cole and Nicole Musngi, 8-6.

And Kate Rubinstein and Katrina Allick bested Haley Abro and Janae Warren by the same score.

Courtney Lawless rolled at No. 1 singles, winning 6-2, 6-1 over Blundell.

Roberg continued the momentum at No. 2 with a 6-1, 6-1 victory of Cole.

Morgan Lawless also prevailed by a 6-1, 6-1 count — Payne being the victim.

UT-Tyler got its first “W” at No. 4, where Musngi downed Jenna Dobrin, 6-0, 6-2.

Rubinstein notched Whitman’s seventh point at No. 5 singles, outlasting Warren 7-5, 7-6 (7-2).

Kate Kunkel-Patterson showed her toughness in her match against Emily Evans at No. 6, battling back from a 6-3 first set loss, to win the second set 7-6 (7-3), before being edged in the match tiebreaker (10-8).

The Missionaries have today off before arriving in Santa Cruz for a Saturday matchup with the No. 28-ranked Banana Slugs. The Whits edged UCSC earlier this season at the Bratton Tennis Center, 5-4, during the Whitman Winter Classic. The Slugs, who were not ranked in the top 25 before the spring season began, moved into the rankings last week.

After Saturday’s match, Whitman will remain in Santa Cruz to play No. 22-ranked Redlands before heading home to resume conference play.

Whitman 7, UT-Texas 2

Doubles — Alyssa Roberg/Courtney Lawless, Whit, def Blundell/Payne, UT, 8-4. Maddy Webster/Morgan Lawless, Whit, def Cole/Musngi, UT, 8-6. Kate Rubinstein/Katrina Allick, Whit, def Abro/Warren, UT, 8-6.

Singles — C. Lawless, Whit, def Blundell, UT, 6-2, 6-1. Roberg, Whit, def Cole, UT, 6-1, 6-1. M. Lawless, Whit, def Payne, UT, 6-1, 6-1. Musngi, UT, def Jenna Dobrin, Whit, 6-0, 6-2. Rubinstein, Whit, def Warren, UT, 7-5, 7-6 (7-2). Emily Evans, UT, def Kate Kunkel-Patterson, Whit, 6-3, 6-7(3-7) (10-8).

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