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Whitworth falls in first-ever D-III tennis tournament appearance

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CLAREMONT, Calif. - The University of Texas at Tyler handed Whitworth a 5-0 setback on Friday in the Pirates' first-ever appearance in the NCAA Division III women's tennis tournament at Pomona-Pitzer.

Whitworth was swept in the three doubles matches, then fell at #1 and #3 singles. All the rest of the singles matches were suspended.

While Beth Launius and Michelle Hagler rolled to an 8-2 win over Rachel Burns and Alli Marshall at #1 doubles, the Patriots had to work hard to win the second and third doubles matches.

Linh Aven and Mya Towne came back from a 5-2 deficit to get back on serve at 6-5 in the #2 match. But Lauren Nielson and Sydni Hermsdorf won the final two games to pull out the 8-5 victory.

Whitworth's Katie Staudinger and Justine Hays led 6-5 in the third doubles match, but Brittany Ude and Lauren Giovannini won the final three service games for a 3-0 Tyler lead after the doubles.

Launius defeated Burns 6-0, 6-1 at #1 singles to put the Pirates on the brink. Nielson then ended the match with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Aven at #3 singles.

Whitworth finished its best season in more than a decade with a 21-5 record. The Pirates rolled through the NWC regular season with a 16-0 record then won the conference tournament.

Texas-Tyler will play the host Sagehens in the second round of the NCAA tournament on Saturday.

Texas-Tyler 5, Whitworth 0
05/08/09 at Claremont, Calif. (Pomona-Pitzer)

Singles competition
1. Beth Launius (UTT) def. Burns, Rachel (WHTW) 6-0, 6-1
2. Michelle Hagler (UTT) vs. Marshall, Alli (WHTW) 6-2, 3-1, unfinished
3. Lauren Nielsen (UTT) def. Aven, Linh (WHTW) 6-2, 6-0
4. Sydni Hermsdorf (UTT) vs. Towne, Mya (WHTW) 6-0, 4-4, unfinished
5. Lauren Giovannini (UTT) vs. Bosman, Erica (WHTW) 7-6 (7-1), 1-0, unfinished
6. Brittany Ude (UTT) vs. Staudinger, Katie (WHTW) 6-2, 1-0, unfinished

Doubles competition
1. Michelle Hagler/Beth Launius (UTT) def. Burns, Rachel/Marshall, Alli (WHTW) 8-2
2. Lauren Nielsen/Sydni Hermsdorf (UTT) def. Aven, Linh/Towne, Mya (WHTW) 8-5
3. Lauren Giovannini/Brittany Ude (UTT) def. Staudinger, Katie/Hays, Justine (WHTW) 8-6

Match Notes
Whitworth 21-5
Texas-Tyler 18-8

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