The tennis teams continued its season with matches against Pacific and Willamette Universities on March 4 and 5, respectively. The men’s and women’s teams ended the weekend with opposing results.
The women’s team secured an 8-1 victory at home over Pacific on March 4 and again with a 7-2 win over Willamette on March 5. With the wins, Linfield is undefeated with a 6-0 record in the Northwest Conference.
The women opened with two tight singles matches, with a 7-6(6-4), 3-6, 6-3 win by junior Abby Olbrich and a Pacific win of 7-5, 6-7(6-3), 6-2 over freshman Lexi Thomas. This was Pacific’s only victory of the day. Linfield won against Pacific in the remaining four singles.
Linfield took three wins in the women’s doubles. The No. 1 doubles team, senior Sarah Click and junior Abby Olbrich, won 8-4. The No. 2 team, senior Sophie Larson and freshman Caroline Brigham, won 8-3. The No. 3 team, sophomore Lexi Thomas and senior Sarah Watanabe, won 8-3.
Linfield won five out of six singles matches against the Willamette Bearcats. Two out of the three doubles matches were won by the ‘Cats as well. The women remain a dominant force in conference play.
“We know that Whitworth [University] is top competition. We’re focusing on our strength, which is strong doubles. It won’t be easy, but we can do it,” Click said of the upcoming matches against the also undefeated Whitworth Pirates. “We have a lot of fight and that will take us a long way in the next matches.”
The men failed to claim a victory on March 4 with a 4-5 loss to Pacific. Linfield lost the first two doubles matches; however, the No. 3 team, seniors Tal Dewitt and Tim Wagar, defeated Pacific in the final doubles match of the day with a narrow 9-7 victory.
Picking up wins in the singles matches were seniors Mark Magdaong, Brent Kingzett and Dewitt. Magdaong won 6-2, 6-4, Dewitt won 6-4, 6-1, and Kingzett won 7-5, 6-2.
Dewitt was the only player to win a singles and a doubles match.
The men suffered another loss, 3-6, to Willamette on March 5 in Salem. But when the Wildcats weren’t successful in tallying any singles victories, they swept the doubles matches.
Magdaong and Kingzett won 8-5, and junior Cody Levien and sophomore Zachery Lyons also won 8-5.
The men’s team has now dropped to a 2-4 conference standing.
“I think to improve we need to figure out a team unity. We need to not focus on the past matches and really just take one match at a time and work to improve that way,” Dewitt said.
This week, the women’s team will travel to Spokane, Wash., for a doubleheader against Whitworth University on March 11 and against a Division I non-conference team, Gonzaga University, on March 12.
The men will host Whitworth at 4:00 p.m. March 12.
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