Whit women win NWC title

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WALLA WALLA — After defeating Linfield 6-0 on Friday, the Whitman women’s tennis team locked down its second straight Northwest Conference title Saturday with a 5-0 win over Lewis & Clark here at the Whitman outdoor courts amid windy and cool conditions. The win automatically puts the Missionaries into the NCAA tournament in May.

The 17th-ranked Whits swept doubles to take a 3-0 lead. Morgan Lawless and Maddy Webster got the first team point at No. 2 with an 8-3 win over Claudia Lew and Olivia Cornell. At No. 3 Katrina Allick and Kate Rubinstein bested Izzy Borris and Lisa Osepyan, also by 8-3.

No. 1 doubles Alyssa Roberg and Courtney Lawless battled Aurora Garrison and Gillian Lowe. With the score 7-6 and Roberg serving, the two teams played a grueling final game that went to deuce several times before Whitman finally put the match away, 8-6.

In singles, Courtney Lawless cruised over Garrison, 6-0 and 6-0, to give the Missionaries their fourth point and put them one win away from the title. Roberg, still undefeated in singles this season at 17-0, won her first set against Cornell, 6-1. Roberg went on to close out the match with a 6-2 second-set win. Roberg’s win gave the Missionaries an insurmountable 5-0 win and concluded the match.

With the victory, the Missionaries improve to 17-3 and will learn where and whom they will play in the NCAA tourney the first week of May. The Pioneers finish the season 16-5 after taking second in the NWC regular season with an 11-1 record.

WHITMAN 5, LEWIS & CLARK 0

SINGLES — Courtney Lawless, WTMN, def. Aurora Garrison, LC, 6-0, 6-0. Alyssa Roberg, WTMN, def. Olivia Cornell, LC, 6-1, 6-2.

DOUBLES — Courtney Lawless/ Alyssa Roberg, WTMN, def. Aurora Garrison/ Gillian Lowe, LC) 8-6. Morgan Lawless/ Madison Webster, WTMN, def. Olivia Cornell/ Claudia Lew, LC, 8-3. Katrina Allick/ Kate Rubinstein, WTMN, def. Isabelle Borris/Lisa Osepyan, LC, 8-3.

WHITMAN 6, LINFIELD 0

SINGLES — Courtney Lawless, WTMN, def. Caroline Brigham, LIN, 6-4, 6-1. Alyssa Roberg, WTMN, def. Lexi Thomas, LIN, 6-1, 6-0. Jenna Dobrin, WTMN, def Kwynn Ecton, LIN,, 6-3, 6-4.

DOUBLES — Alyssa Roberg/ Courtney Lawless, WTMN, def. Caroling Brigham/ Kwynn Ecton, LIN,, 8-1. Madison Webster/ Morgan Lawless, WTMN, def. Gretchen Jernstedt/ Lexi Thomas, LIN,, 8-3. Katrina Allick/ Kate Rubinstein, WTMN, def. Kaila Nip/ Kelly Watanabe, LIN,, 8-6.

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