2008-09 NWC Women's Tennis Student-Athletes of the Week

April 13

Abby Olbrich (Linfield, Fr. Vancouver, Wash./Skyview) won her 17th consecutive singles match by without losing a set at No.2 Singles this week against Willamette. She also won at No. 1 Doubles, 8-4. As a freshman, Olbrich completed the regular season with a 14-0 record versus conference opponents while playing either No. 1 or No. 2 positions.

Honorable Mention - Shannon Palmer (Willamette, Fr. Salem, Ore.), Ashley Brooks (Pacific Lutheran, Jr. Tumwater, Wash.)

April 6

Shannon Palmer (Willamette, Fr. Salem, Ore) went 2-0 at #1 singles (6-1, 6-1 and 6-2, )6-1 and 2-0 at #1 doubles (802 and 8-6) during the week, as Willamette won a pair of NWC matches. She has provided the Bearcats with solid play against some of the top singles players in the conference this spring.

Honorable Mention - Katie Staudinger (Whitworth, So. Yakima, Wash.), Megan Yoshimoto (Pacific, Fr. Mililani, Hawaii).

March 30

Amalia Nilsson (Lewis & Clark, So. Stockholm, Sweden/American School (Tokyo, Japan)) went 10-0 in singles and doubles this past week in five separate matches. Playing number one in each of the five, Nilsson won four of her five singles matches in straight sets, including a 6-0, 6-0 win against Whittier (Calif.). Nilsson helped the Pioneers win four of the five contests.

Honorable Mention - Rachel Burns (Whitworth, So. Longview, Wash.), Abby Olbrich (Linfield, Fr. Vancouver, Wash.), Divneet Kaur (Whitman, Jr. Eugene, Ore.), Abby Funabiki (Willamette, Sr. Pullman, Wash.).

March 23

Sophie Larson (Linfield, So., Eugene, Ore. - Sheldon) won singles matches (#3 slot) at Lewis & Clark and Cal Lutheran. Her three-set win at CLU was the difference in a 5-4 victory. She also won twice at #1 doubles.

March 16

Mya Towne (Whitworth, Fr. Tucson, Ariz./Pusch Ridge Christian) led Whitworth to an unbeaten weekend, including a win over Linfield that ended the Wildcats' 108-match NWC winning streak.  She was the only Pirate player to finish 6-0 this weekend and she improved her NWC singles record to 8-0 this season.  She paired with Linh Aven in doubles and they are now 5-0 this season. Two of Towne's wins came in straight sets against Willamette and Lewis & Clark (6-2, 6-3 and 6-1, 6-2). 

Honorable Mention - Katie Oost (Whitman, Sr. Poulsbo, Wash.), Sophie Larson (Linfield, So. Eugene, Ore.), Megan Yoshimoto (Pacific, Fr. Mililani, Hawaii), Betsy Ann Penman (George Fox, So. Centralia, Wash.).

March 9

Shannon Palmer (Willamette, Fr. Salem, Ore./Sprague) returned to action after missing four matches do to illness and injury. She went 3-0 at #1 singles [(6-1, 6-3), (6-0, 6-1), (6-2, 6-1)} and was 3-0 (8-6, 8-6, 9-8 (11-9)) at #1 doubles during the week. Her efforts helped Willamette win all three matches.

Honorable Mention - Megan Yoshimoto (Pacific, Fr. Mililani, Hawaii), Sophie Larson (Linfield, So. Eugene, Ore.), Emily Rolston (Whitman, Fr. Missoula

March 2

Sallie Katter (Linfield, Jr. Salem, Ore./South Salem) won each of her matches at No. 1 singles  as Linfield went 3-0 for the weekend. Katter won each singles match in straight sets (7-5, 6-1 against Willamette, 6-1, 6-0 against George Fox and 6-1, 6-2 against Pacific). She also won three doubles matches at No. 1 with partner Sophie Larson (8-2, 8-1, and 8-4).

Honorable Mention - Alli Marshall (Whitworth, Fr. Salem, Ore.), Cat Goya (Pacific, Fr. Kaneohe, Hawaii)

Feb. 23

Elise Otto (Whitman, So. Spokane, Wash./Lewis & Clark) did more than her part on the road for Whitman, winning twice at No. 1 singles (6-3, 6-0 and 6-1, 6-1) and twice at No. 1 doubles (8-6 and 8-3) against Pacific and George Fox. Whitman remained undefeated in NWC play. 

Honorable Mention - Kate Staudinger (Whitworth, So. Yakima, Wash.), Sallie Katter (Linfield, So. Salem, Ore.), Fabi Dieguez (Willamette, Fr. Salem, Ore.).

Feb. 16

Sallie Katter (Linfield, Jr. Salem, Ore./South Salem) won both her singles (6-1, 6-3 and 6-1, 6-1) and doubles matches at No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles (8-1 and 8-3), helping the Wildcats win conference road matches against Pacific Lutheran and Puget Sound.

Honorable Mention - Cat Goya (Pacific, Fr. Kaneohe, Hawaii), Hadley DeBree (Whitman, Jr. Ketchum, Idaho)Linh Aven (Whitworth, Sr. Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), Shanna Lesire (George Fox, Sr. Silverton, Ore.), Samantha Wong (Willamette, Jr. Honolulu, Hawaii).