Wednesday, March 26, 2008

DeBree poses a punch in Portland

Whitney DeBree of Ketchum, an Idaho 4A mixed doubles champion last May, is making a mark for the Lewis & Clark Pioneers in her first year of playing collegiate tennis. Photo by David N. Seelig

Lewis & Clark Pioneers freshman tennis player Whitney DeBree of Ketchum is having a solid spring season, playing singles and doubles for the Portland (Ore.) college.

DeBree was named Lewis & Clark's Pioneers Athletic Club "Athlete of the Week" on March 10. She and freshman partner Amalia Nilsson of Stockholm, Sweden, have been ranked #10 in the NCAA Division 3 West Region standings. They are #1 in the Northwest Conference.

DeBree helped the Pioneers earn an important home victory over the Whitman College Missionaries earlier in March. She and Nilsson won 8-6 at #1 doubles. DeBree also earned a 6-2, 7-5 victory at #3 singles.

Whitney's older sister, Whitman sophomore Hadley DeBree, also played in that Lewis & Clark-Whitman clash and dropped a split-set decision at #2 women's doubles.

Lewis & Clark (8-4 overall, 8-2 league) fell into NWC third place with a 7-2 loss to the second-place Whitworth Pirates (8-1 league) last Sunday, but DeBree and Nilsson captured an 8-6 victory at the #1 doubles spot.

DeBree and Nilsson are 10-1 overall in doubles and 10-0 in conference action. DeBree is 7-4 overall in singles and 7-2 in the #3 singles hole. Their season wraps up April 18-19 with the Northwest Conference meet at Yakima (Wash.) Tennis Club.

Whitney, a 2007 Wood River High School graduate who was an Idaho State 4A mixed doubles champion with Cory Rutkowski last May in Caldwell, will have another reunion with older sister Hadley when the Pioneers invade Whitman at Walla Walla, Wash., March 30.

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