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February 13, 2010

Lutes Fall to Whitworth, Whitman

Whitworth 9, PLU 0
Whitman 9, PLU 0

WALLA WALLA - Pacific Lutheran saw its season record fall to 0-4 when it lost a pair of 9-0 Northwest Conference women's tennis matches to Whitworth and Whitman on a weekend trip east of the mountains.

On Friday afternoon, defending conference champion Whitworth dispatched the Lutes in quick fashion. The Pirates lost only four doubles games, the closest coming at No. 2 where Mya Towne and Erica Bosman held off Heidi Weston and Kristina Aarsvold, 8-3.

Cora Wigen battled Alli Marshall at No. 2 singles before falling, 6-3, 7-6 (3). Other than that singles match, the host Pirates dropped only seven games in five singles matches.

Less than 24 hours later the Lutes found themselves battling Whitman in Walla Walla. The Missionaries improved their season and conference records to 2-0 with the sweep of the Lutes.

Pacific Lutheran's Ashley Coats and Wigen battled to a tie-breaker at No. 1 doubles before dropping a 9-8 (3) decision to Hadley DeBree and Divneet Kaur.

At No. 2 doubles, Emily Rolston and Alyssa Roberg bested Weston and Aarsvold by a score of 8-4. Kate Kunkel-Patterson and Charlotte Scott posted an 8-4 victory at No. 3 doubles, downing Ali Burnside and Caitlyn Hoerr.

Roberg, playing the first singles match of her college career, slipped past Coats at No. 1 by scores of 6-0, 6-2. DeBree got past Burnside 6-2, 6-3 at No. 2, and Kaur scored a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Aarsvold at No. 3.

The decisions in the remaining singles matches were close. Rolston beat Weston, 6-3, 7-5 at No. 4, and Scott switched those scores for a 7-5, 6-3 win over Krista Fredricks at No. 6. Kunkel-Patterson was the winner at No. 5 singles, outpointing Hoerr, 6-1, 6-4.

Pacific Lutheran hosts Lewis & Clark and Pacific next Friday and Saturday.

(Courtesy of Whitworth and Whitman Sports Information Offices.)