Whitman women blank Puget Sound, 9-0

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WALLA WALLA — Whitman remained unblemished in Northwest Conference women’s tennis action here Saturday.

Whitman blanked visiting Puget Sound, 9-0, and coupled with its 8-1 win over Pacific Lutheran on Friday, the Missionaries improved to 5-0 in NWC play and 6-5 overall.

Courtney Lawless led the Missionaries in the No. 1 spot by defeating the Loggers’ Logan Thompson in straight sets, 6-0, 6-1. Lawless also teamed with Maddy Webster to defeat Thompson and Marissa Friedman 8-2 at No. 1 doubles.

The best match of the day came at No. 3 singles, where Whitman’s Erin Bell prevailed 7-5, 7-6 (7-5) over Puget Sound’s Elizabeth Chao.

On Friday, Whitman won all three doubles matches and took all but one singles contests on its way to an 8-1 NWC victory over visiting Pacific Lutheran.

Lawless and Webster, Katrina Allick and Bell and Hannah Palkowitz and Jenna Dobrin comprised the Whitman duos that posted sweeps in the doubles competition. Lawless and Webster won 8-2 while Allick and Bell and Palkowitz and Dobrin seized victories by 8-3 counts.

“We had really good focus, stayed positive, and played as well as we could have under the (windy) conditions,” Missionary coach John Hein said. “Katrina and Erin started strong and gave us a lot of energy.”

The Missionaries recorded sweeps in the top four singles matchups. Lawless (No. 1) won 6-1, 6-0, Dobrin (No. 2) prevailed 6-3, 6-3, Allick (No. 3) was victorious 6-2, 6-2 and Webster scratched out a 6-1, 6-3 win.

Allie Wallin, at No. 6 singles, went three sets for her victory, 6-7 (5), 6-2, 10-5.

“Our top four played really well,” Hein said. “They built off of the doubles energy and did what they had to do.”

Whitman travels to Whittier, Calif., Wednesday for a non-conference match with Bowdoin.

Singles — Courtney Lawless, Whit., def. Samantha Lund, PLU, 6-1, 6-0. Jenna Dobrin, Whit., def. Leah Newell, PLU, 6-3, 6-3. Katrina Allick, Whit., def. Megan Beyers, PLU, 6-3, 6-2. Maddy Webster, Whit., def. Allison McClure, PLU, 6-0, 6-3. Mariah Siemion, PLU, def. Hannah Palkowitz, Whit., 6-1, 6-4. Allie Wallin, Whit., def. Emily Bower, PLU, 7-6 (7-5), 2-6, 1-0 (10-8).

Doubles — Lawless-Webster, Whit., def. Lund-Newell, PLU, 8-2. Allick-Bell, Whit., def. McClure-Siemion, PLU, 8-2. Dobrin-Palkowitz, Whit., def. Beyers-Bower, PLU, 8-3.

Team Scores — Whitman 8, Pacific Lutheran 1

Singles — Courtney Lawless, Whit., def. Logan Thompson, UPS, 6-0, 6-1. Jenna Dobrin, Whit., def. Marissa Friedman, UPS, 6-2, 6-1. Erin Bell, Whit., def. Elizabeth Chao, UPS, 7-5, 7-6 (7-5). Katrina Allick, Whit., def. Malia Ford, UPS, 6-4, 6-2. Hannah Palkowitz, Whit., def. Sarah Nielsen, UPS, 6-3, 6-4. Allie Wallin, Whit., def. Allison Embernate, UPS, 6-2, 6-0.

Doubles — Lawless-Webster, Whit., def. Thompson-Friedman, UPS, 8-2. Allick-Bell, Whit., def. Ford-Chao, UPS, 8-2. 3. Minuth-Wallin, Whit., def. Embernate-Nielsen, UPS, 8-2.

Team Scores — Whitman 9, Puget Sound 0

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