The men’s and women’s tennis teams battled against Willamette University on April 8. The men took on the Bearcats at home, while the women took the win on Willamette’s turf.
The men were defeated 2-7. The loss ended their Northwest Conference season. If they had won the match they would have advanced to the NWC Championships.
“We fought to put ourselves back into position to go [to the championships],” men’s head coach Carl Swanson said. “It was literally the difference of one point. It magnifies how close the difference can be between winning and losing.”
The men lost the match but they enjoyed senior Mark Magdaong’s triumph of becoming Linfield’s all-time leader in singles wins. His win against Willamette sophomore Michael Baumgartner, 6-4, made Magdaong the leader with 54 victories.
“I am proud of Mark. He did such a great job this year leading the team,” Swanson said.
Despite the team’s conference season coming to a close, four seniors will travel to Ojai, Calif. to compete in the Ojai Tournament on April 29 and 30. The tournament will give the men another opportunity to qualify for the NCAA Championships.
Although a small number of men are traveling to compete, there are five seniors that will graduate from the team.
“Over their four year careers, they have put up great numbers and I’m proud of their
accomplishments,” Swanson said.
The women defeated the Bearcats, 7-2, on April 8. The Wildcats ended the season in the No. 2 spot in the conference, allowing them to travel to the NWC Championships. The women won all three doubles flights and all but the No. 1 and No. 3 singles matches.
The women finished the season at the top of the conference and have the numbers to prove it. The women hold an 11-1 NWC record.
The women have the weekend to compete for the conference title, but senior Sarah Click and junior Abby Olbrich are both traveling to Ojai with the men to compete in singles and doubles April 28 and 29.
“I think we have a team of champions to go out and win,” Swanson said. “They have been winning by relatively big margins, which is credit to them.”
The women will travel to compete in the NWC Championship tournament at 2 p.m. April 16 and 17 at Whitworth University in Spokane, Wash.
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