WALLA WALLA, Wash. – In its final regular season tune-up, the No. 7 Lewis-Clark State College women’s tennis team fell to Whitman College 6-3 on Friday.
The Warriors, who earned an automatic bid to nationals by winning the NAIA National Qualifying Tournament last week in Tulsa, Okla., won two doubles points but were able to take just one of the singles contest against the Missionaries, who are ranked No. 17 in NCAA Division III.
Friday marks the first time the Warriors have lost to Whitman, a program which claimed its second straight Northwest Conference title two weeks ago, in over a decade.
"If there is anything such as a good loss, this was one of them,” LCSC head coach Kai Fong said. “It's helping Whitman ride the momentum to their nationals, and it has sent a message to the Warrior women that they cannot take any match for granted.”
In doubles, Bryn Oliveira and Rye Hewett won 9-8 at No. 2, and Deanri Human and Florencia Martina won 9-7 at No. 3. Martina (pictured above), playing at No. 6, picked up the team’s only singles point, 7-5, 6-1.
“This is probably one of the strongest Whitman teams we have faced in the last fifteen to twenty years. They played very well at home today."
The loss snaps LCSC’s three-match win streak and pushes the team’s record to 11-9. The Missionaries have now won seven straight and are 18-3 overall.
The Warriors will have a little over a week to regroup before they head to Mobile, Ala., for nationals on May 14-16.
Whitman 6, LCSC 3
#1 Courtney Lawless/Alyssa Roberg (Whitman) def. Dorothy Chong/Livia Blasque (LCSC) 8-4
#2 Bryn Oliveira/ Rye Hewett (LCSC) def. Maddy Webster/Morgan Lawless 9-8
#3 Deanri Human/Florencia Martina (LCSC) def. Hannah Palkowitz/Jenna Dobrin 9-7
#1 Courtney Lawless (Whitman) def. Dorothy Chong (LCSC) 6-1, 6-3
#2 Alyssa Roberg (Whitman) def. Livia Blasque (LCSC) 7-5, 6-4
#3 Morgan Lawless (Whitman) def. Bryn Oliveira (LCSC) 6-3, 6-0
#4 Jenna Dobrin (Whitman) def. Rye Hewett (LCSC) 7-5, 6-3
#5 Kate Rubinstein (Whitman) def. Deanri Human (LCSC) 0-6, 6-4, 7-6
#6 Florencia Martina (LCSC) def. Maddy Webster (Whitman) 7-5, 6-1