Tennis is quickly coming to an end, and the Wildcats have had quite the season, ending on a good note.
The men’s team wrapped the weekend up with three wins, although losing the match to Pacific Lutheran University, 4-5, on March 26. The ’Cats tallied a win on March 25, against University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Wash., 6-3. The ’Cats also won 7-2 against George Fox University on March 31 and then beat Lewis & Clark College on April 1, 9-0.
Senior Mark Magdaong ended the weekend on a high note as well. After the Lewis & Clark match, Magdaong tied with Chris Rivera, class of ’04, for the most singles victories in Wildcat history
“I am proud of myself, and I can’t believe it. I have Carl [Swanson, head coach] to thank. He’s believed in me since coming in freshman year, and he’s allowed me to play my best tennis,” Magdaong said.
During the match, seniors Tal DeWitt and Brent Kingzett won both of their singles matches in the No. 2 and No. 3 spots. The doubles teams also won all of the top three spots for the Wildcats.
The men’s next match is at 3:30 p.m. against Willamette University on April 8. The match at home is the men’s last conference match. The outcome determines if they will head to the Northwest Conference Championships.
“Considering what’s riding on the match against Willamette, there is a lot of pressure on us to avenge our loss against them,” senior Brent Kingzett said. “We have dug ourselves in a big hole after winnable matches to Whitworth and Pacific [universities], but tomorrow is our opportunity to make up for those losses and play our way to the conference tournament.”
The women’s team is on a winning streak going into the conference championships. After a non-conference loss to the University of Redlands, the ’Cats are back on track and have grasped second place in conference.
“I think the team is excited to have clinched the No. 2 spot in conference. We have a competitive conference this year, so second place is something to be proud of. But I also think we wish we would have had another crack at Whitworth during the regular season. Our first match with them was close, so we hope to get that second meeting in the conference tournament,” senior Sarah Click said in an email.
The women’s last match was away at Lewis & Clark on April 1. The women took the win, 9-0, against the Pioneers.
The match earned Click her 50th career doubles win.
Click and her partner, junior Abby Olbrich won the No. 1 doubles seed, 9-8. The No. 2 double’s team consisting of senior Sophie Larson and freshman Caroline Brigham won 8-5. The Wildcat’s No. 3 team, sophomore Lexi Thomas and junior Kiana Nip, won 8-0.
Before, the women hosted PLU on March 27, winning 9-0, the women beat George Fox, 9-0, on March 26, and won their match against Puget Sound on March 25, 8-1.
“I think our team is peaking at the right time. Morale is high, everyone is hitting well, and we are excited to see how the end of the season plays out. The hard work early in the season is paying off right now because it takes a lot of endurance to finish the season strong,” Click said in an email.
The women’s next match will take place at 3:30 p.m. at Willamette University. It will be the team’s final conference match before the NWC Championships.
Corrina Crocker/Sports editor
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