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WTEN: WHITMAN 9-8, GEORGE FOX 0-1 - Bruins Beaten by Missionaries Twice in a Day
WALLA WALLA, Wash. – Playing both of their Northwest Conference women’s tennis matches against Whitman College twice in one day, the George Fox University Bruins dropped both to the Missionaries, the first 9-0 and the second 8-1, in a Saturday morning-afternoon doubleheader here at the Whitman outdoor courts.
Whitman took the morning match all in straight sets. In doubles, Hadley DeBree and Divneet Kaur defeated the Bruins’ Molly Beaumont and Mollee Robinson 8-5 at No. 1, and Elise Otto and Kate Kunkel downed Cara Griffith and Liliya Abildayeva 8-4 at No. 2. The Bruins, with only five available players, defaulted the No. 3 doubles.
In singles, it was Alyssa Roberg over Robinson 6-1, 6-2 at No. 1; Otto over Beaumont 6-0, 6-3 at No. 2; Kaur over Griffith 6-1, 6-0 at No. 3; Kunkel over Abildayeva 6-0, 6-0 at No. 4; and Dena Wessel over Shawna Buck 6-0, 6-1 at No. 5. The Bruins defaulted the No. 6 singles.
The Bruins avoided a shutout in the afternoon match when Abildayeva knocked off Wessel 6-3, 6-1 at No. 4 singles, and several other matches were closer than earlier in the day.
In doubles, Otto and Roberg topped Beaumont and Robinson 8-2 at No. 1, and Emily Rolston and Kunkel blanked Griffith and Abildayeva 8-0 at No. 2. The Bruins defaulted at No. 3.
Whitman’s singles wins came from DeBree over Beaumont 3-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-4) at No. 1; Kaur over Robinson 6-4, 6-4 at No. 2; Rolston over Griffith 6-0, 6-2 at No. 3; and Charlotte Scott over Buck 6-0, 6-0 at No. 5. The No. 6 singles was defaulted to the Missionaries.
George Fox (0-13, NWC 0-12) returns home next weekend to host Pacific Lutheran University Friday at 3:00 p.m. and the University of Puget Sound Saturday at 11:00 a.m. Whitman (11-6, NWC 9-2) hosts Whitworth University Sunday at 1:00 p.m. All are conference matches.