No. 17 Whitman sweeps Lewis & Clark in Northwest Conference championship
WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- No. 17 Whitman locked down a consecutive Northwest Conference title on Saturday as it beat the Lewis & Clark Pioneers 5-0 at the Whitman outdoor courts. The win automatically puts the Missionaries into the NCAA tournament in May. With the victory, the Missionaries improved to 17-3.
The Whits swept doubles to take 3-0 lead. The first two victories came by way of 8-3 scores. Morgan Lawless and Maddy Webster got the first win at No. 2 with a victory against Claudia Lew and Olivia Cornell. At No. 3, Katrina Allick and Kate Rubinstein bested Izzy Borris and Lisa Osepyan.
No. 1 doubles provided a thrilling match that saw Alyssa Roberg and Courtney Lawless battle Aurora Garrison and Gillian Lowe. Each team never led by more than one game as the Missionary pair moved on top with an early break. With the score 7-6 and Roberg serving, the two teams played a grueling final game that went back and forth at deuce more than a handful of times before Whitman finally put the match away 8-6.
In singles, Courtney Lawless cruised past Garrison 6-0, 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. At the No. 4 slot, Whitman’s Jenna Dobrin grabbed the first set from Lowe 6-2.
Roberg continued her momentum in the second set and closed out the match with a 6-1, 6-2 victory. Lowe had caught her second win and was tied with Dobrin 3-3 when the match was halted. In the other remaining match at No. 3, L&C’s Lew won the first set 6-1 against Morgan Lawless before the Whitman sophomore stormed back to take a 5-0 lead in the second before the match was called.