Spotted from the crow's nest: Alli Marshall, women’s tennis

Senior tennis player Alli Marshall is on the verge of finishing a strong four year career at Whitworth. In her Whitworth career, Marshall has won three Northwest Conference Championships, been Second Team All-NWC once and First Team All-NWC twice. Currently, she is Whitworth’s No. 1 singles player and is part of the No. 1 doubles team.

Marshall has won at least 20 games in each of her four seasons on the team, the most coming in her freshman year when she won 29 games. Recently she won her 100th game as a Pirate after she and her doubles partner, senior Erica Bosman, beat George Fox’s No. 1 doubles team 8-4 last Saturday.

“She has been a really solid No. 1 for us,” head coach Jo Ann Wagstaff said. “She is a great example of a person that plays hard and never gives up on a point. She goes for every ball as hard as she can and it inspires the rest of the team to play hard.”

The senior from Salem, Ore., has been playing tennis since she was 8 years old and excelled at the sport at Sprague High School. Marshall wanted to continue playing tennis after high school, which led her to Whitworth. “I wasn’t sure where I wanted to go but my sister, who’s a year older, went here [Whitworth] so I came to check out the campus,” Marshall said. “I loved it.”

Throughout her four years Marshall has made a lot of memories.

“Every Spring Break trip we went on was amazing,” Marshall said. “All the girls get along so well. We won conference and went to nationals in California my freshman year. It was also really fun to win conference three years in a row, too, it was wonderful.”

Marshall works hard on and off the court as she is double majoring in journalism and mass communication and kinesiology. She is currently planning on taking a year off after school is over to prepare for her Graduate Record Exam for graduate school.

“Since her freshman year she has worked really hard on becoming a more consistent and powerful player, and it’s paid off,” Wagstaff said.

That hard work has paid off on the court as Marshall currently leads the team in doubles wins and is third in the conference in singles win percentage as Whitworth’s No. 1 singles player.

“Her forehand is really great, definitely her best shot,” teammate Claire Hemming said.

Hemming, a fellow senior and roommate, had a lot of good things to say about Marshall when asked what she is like off the court.

“I have lived with Alli for a couple of years,” Hemming said. “She is very personable, always engaging people and making them feel good.”

Marshall is sitting at 21 wins so far this season and  said she hopes to continue her streak on April 21 when the tennis team takes on Whitman in the first round of the Northwest Conference Tournament. The team, and Marshall, are striving for their third tournament championship in three years.


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Women's tennis: Performance despite loss

The Whitworth women’s tennis team came out on the losing end of a top-10 regional matchup on Saturday, losing 6-3 to No.10 Whitman College at the Scotford Tennis Center. The Pirates, currently ranked ninth in the region with a 10-4 overall record, pulled out three wins in the bottom half of the singles lineup and kept almost every match within reach.

“Overall I was pleased with our performance,” head coach Jo Ann Wagstaff said. “Whitman had just come back from a close loss to the No. 8 team in the nation so we knew they were going to be tough to beat, but we stayed with them.”

Junior Jessi Steele beat Whitman’s No. 4 singles player 6-3, 7-5 for her 13th singles win this season. Steele is currently on a 12-game singles win streak.

Whitworth, now third place in the Northwest Conference, was swept in doubles after an intense No. 1 doubles matchup. Seniors Alli Marshall and Erica Bosman came back for a 6-6 tie after being down by three games early, but eventually fell 8-6. The two also lost competitive matches in singles as Marshall fell 6-4, 6-2 in the No. 1 slot while Bosman lost 6-4, 6-3 in the No. 2 spot.

“Whitman’s top-three players could play Division I tennis and we played well against them,” Wagstaff said. “Our No. 1 doubles team played them very close and I am very happy with their performance.”

Senior Claire Hemming and junior Megan Wingfield bounced back in singles after the two lost in No. 3 doubles to the Missionary team of freshman Madison Webster and sophomore Hannah Palkowitz.

Wingfield won a close match with the No. 5 Whitman singles player, winning 7-5, 7-5, and Hemming outlasted Whitman senior Emily Rolston 6-0, 4-6, 1-0 (10-6). It was Hemming’s first singles win after losing her first singles match of the season on March 22 in Orlando, Fla., where the Pirates went 3-1 over the Spring Break trip. The win was Hemming’s 22nd of the season and Wingfield recorded her 16th win of the season.

The Whitworth women will stay at home this weekend as they host Willamette University and first-place Linfield College on Friday and Saturday.


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Women's tennis notches another Northwest Conference victory

Strong singles play from the Whitworth women’s tennis team notched another Northwest Conference win for the Bucs on Saturday, defeating Pacific University in the Scotford Tennis Center. Trailing 3-1 after the first four matches, the Pirates won five straight singles matches for the victory. Whitworth improves to 3-0 in the NWC and 4-1 overall.

“I’m really happy with the way we played singles,” head coach Jo Ann Wagstaff said. “Losing in doubles really fired the team up for singles. We played our best singles all year.”

Freshman Saryn Mooney was a part of two wins for the Pirates. Mooney and senior Claire Hemming earned the first point for Whitworth as the two beat Pacific’s No. 3 doubles team 8-0. Mooney also defeated the Boxers Rachel Mizuno in No. 3 singles later in the match.

Pirate senior Erica Bosman started the comeback in singles play as she defeated Pacific’s Megan Yoshimoto 6-1, 6-1 in No. 2 singles after Boxer Cat Goya defeated Whitworth senior Alli Marshall in No. 1 singles spot.

After being beaten in doubles by Pacific’s Lillian Do and Kelsey Trujillo, Whitworth juniors Megan Wingfield and Jessi Steele got their revenge in singles play as Wingfield beat Trujillo 6-2, 6-4 in No. 4 singles and Steele defeated Do 6-0, 6-0 in the No. 5 singles spot.

Senior Siri Carlson finished off the Boxers by defeating Pacific’s Kelsey Lack 6-2, 6-1 in No. 6 singles.

Whitworth will stay home next weekend as it takes on George Fox University and Lewis & Clark College March 9-10.

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Women's tennis undefeated in conference


The Whitworth Pirates women’s tennis team picked up two conference wins over the weekend, beating the Bruins of George Fox University 8-1 and the Lewis & Clark College Pioneers 8-1 at the Scotford Tennis Center last Friday and Saturday. The Pirates improved to 5-0 in the Northwest Conference and 6-1 overall, tying Linfield College for first place in the conference.

“We’re getting into the flow of the season,” senior Alli Marshall said. “A couple of people were out with injuries, but others stepped up so the weekend went well.”

The Pirates extend their current conference win streak to 22 matches, with their last conference loss coming in 2010, that was a 5-4 loss at Linfield.

Marshall and senior Erica Bosman had a strong weekend. The two teamed up to win both of their doubles matches, improving their record to 5-2 on the year. Marshall and Bosman also won their singles matches Friday and Saturday. Marshall is now 5-2 in the No. 1 singles spot and Bosman is 5-1 in the No. 2 spot this season. The Bucs are 5-0 as a team this season when the No. 1 team of Marshall and Bosman win their doubles match.

“Winning doubles is really important because it sets the tone for the rest of the match,” Marshall said. “It takes some of the pressure off singles, so it’s always good to start off with a win.”

On Friday, the Pirates picked up a quality win at home against George Fox. The doubles teams kicked off the match with three straight wins, led by the No. 1 senior doubles team of Marshall and Bosman. Those two Pirates shut out the Bruin’s No. 1 doubles team, winning 8-0. Marshall later beat the Bruin’s No. 1 singles player, junior Molly Beaumont, 6-4, 6-2.

Freshman Saryn Mooney and junior Jessi Steele also had standout performances against the Bruins. The two combined for an 8-3 win in No. 2 doubles and each picked up a win in singles as Mooney won 6-0, 6-1 at No. 2 singles and Steele won 6-2, 6-2 at No. 3 singles.

Senior Claire Hemming kept her undefeated season alive by defeating George Fox’s freshman Chantelle Hadeed in No. 5 singles 7-5, 6-0. Hemming also teamed up with freshman Morgan McDivitt in No. 3 doubles, beating the Bruins No. 3 doubles squad 8-4.

“The men’s coach, Mike Shanks, told me that ‘you need to be playing to win, instead of playing not to lose’ so I just say that to myself before serves to maintain my mental toughness,” Hemming said.

Senior Janell Talbot closed out Friday’s match in No. 6 singles, winning 5-7, 6-1, 1-0 (10-2).

Whitworth matched Friday’s performance on Saturday, notching another 8-1 win against Lewis & Clark.

“We got to play outside and rest a couple of our top players, and we still won 8-1,” head coach Jo Ann Wagstaff said.

Marshall and Bosman finished the weekend the way they started it, winning 8-3 in the No. 1 doubles slot. The two also won their singles. Marshall beat Pioneer freshman Lisa Osepyan in No. 1 singles 6-2, 6-0 and Bosman, currently on a four-game singles win streak, won her No. 2 singles match against senior Jill Coleman 6-4, 6-1.

Whitworth’s No. 3 and No. 5 singles players each pulled out three-set thrillers on Saturday. Mooney, who improves to 4-2 in singles on the season, defeated Pioneer freshman Gillian Lowe 3-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-5) in No. 3 singles.

“Saryn was playing a powerful player with a huge serve and we were trying to figure out ways to make her force some errors,” Wagstaff said. “Saryn was the more mentally tough player in the end.”

Two matches later, senior Siri Carlson improved to 2-0 in the No. 5 singles spot, as she beat Lewis & Clark freshman Justine Minette 3-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-4).

“The weather was more of a factor with Siri’s match,” Wagstaff said. “The wind was blowing and she used the wind to her advantage. Siri was the better player; it was just getting used to the elements.”

Carlson and Hemming added another win in the No. 3 doubles spot, winning 8-1. Both Carlson and Hemming have gone undefeated in doubles this season, Carlson improving to 2-0 and Hemming earning her seventh doubles win.

“We played really well,” Hemming said. “We weren’t sure how this weekend was going to go because our competition was better than it was last year. We had some close matches but we stayed with them.”

The Pirates will travel to Oregon as they take on the Bearcats of Willamette University on Friday and the Linfield College Wildcats on Saturday, trying to claim sole possession of first place in the Northwest Conference.

“This was a good setup weekend for next weekend’s matches,” Hemming said. “It was definitely a confidence booster to do as well as we did.”

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