April 18, 2009

Women's Tennis Takes Home 5th Place at NWC Championship; Nilsson Once Again Named Player of the Year

L&C vs. Pacific

L&C vs. Willamette

YAKAMA, Wash. - The Lewis & Clark women's tennis team finished its run for the Northwest Conference Championship on Saturday, April 18, defeating Willamette for fifth place. The Pioneers were led by ace Amalia Nilsson who earned her second consecutive NWC Player of the Year honor. Nilsson also earned a spot on the NWC All-Conference First-Team, along with Vincent Groot of the men's team. Whitney DeBree was named the 2009 NWC Female Sportsman of the Year, for her upbeat personality on the court all season.

The Pios first game of the tournament saw the Pacific Boxers secured their first Northwest Conference tournament victory since 1999 by defeating the Pioneers, 6-3.

The Boxer lead opened up in doubles play as the team of Megan Yoshimoto and Cat Goya defeated the L&C team of Amalia Nilsson and Whitney DeBree, 9-7. The Boxers also took the second doubles match while the Pios kept it close with an 8-4 victory in the third doubles match.

In singles play, Pacific took four of six to clinch the victory. L&C took victories at the number one spot as Nilsson held off Goya, 6-2 and 6-0, and at the number four spot.

Pacific advanced to take on top seed Whitworth in one of two NWC semifinals on Friday. Lewis & Clark was forced to take on Willamette for fifth place in the NWC on Saturday morning.

Playing with two-time Northwest Conference player of the year in Nilsson at the top of the line-up, the L&C Pioneers took fifth place with a 7-2 defeat of the Willamette Bearcats on Saturday morning at the 2009 NWC Women's Tennis Championship Tournament.

In doubles play, Nilsson teamed up withn DeBree to hold off Shannon Palmer and Alyssa Morrison, 9-8. The teams split the final pair of the doubles matches to give L&C a one point lead heading into singles play.

In individual play, Nilsson made easy work of Palmer at the top spot and the rest of the Pioneers followed suit. Willamette got their lone singles win in the third position as Abby Funabiki defeated Paige Earhart, 6-0 and 6-0.

With the win, the Pioneers claim fifth place in the final NWC standings. Willamette takes sixth place.

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