Whitman women split matches

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LA MIRADA, Calif. — The No. 16 Whitman women’s tennis team split a pair of matches to open its spring break schedule on Wednesday.

The Missionaries opened the day with a 9-0 loss to No. 7 Bowdoin, before rallying for a 9-0 win against Biola in the afternoon.

All three of Whitman’s (8-7) doubles teams cruised to victory against Biola, as the Missionaries only dropped four games combined. Courtney Lawless and Maddy Webster, in the No. 1 spot, won 8-1, Erin Bell and Katrina Allick took an 8-2 decision in the No. 2 match and Seana Minuth and Allie Wallin wrapped up doubles play with an 8-1 win.

Whitman maintained its advantage in singles play, as Jenna Dobrin, Allick, Hannah Palkowitz, Wallin, Olivia Bates and Minuth all picked up wins.

“We tried to get as many people in matches as possible,” Whitman coach John Hein said. “It was a great experience for the team and nice to get a win.”

Against Bowdoin, Dobrin came the closest to picking up a win. She went to tiebreak in the first set, 7-6 (4), before her opponent took a 6-0 second-set win.

“Bowdoin is playing great tennis,” Hein said. “They are a classy team. They put a lot of balls on the court. Credit to them.”

Whitman plays in the three-day, 12-team Hen/Athena Women’s Tennis Classic, co-hosted by Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and Pomona-Pitzer. The Missionaries square off with No. 30 Denison on Friday, No. 4 Amherst on Saturday and No. 12 Pomona-Pitzer on Sunday.

“Denison is a quality team,” Hein said. “Amherst has been a top-five team in the country for several years. Pomona-Pitzer is strong in a lot of spots.”

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