Women’s tennis pulls ahead of competition
The women’s tennis team swept the competition during its most recent match.
The Wildcats faced off with the Pioneers of Lewis & Clark College on Feb. 25 in Portland and played against the George Fox Bruins on Feb. 24 in Beaverton.
Ending the week for the Wildcats, the team went up against Lewis & Clark College for its third Northwest Conference competition and came out on top with a three win record.
The entire team kept up an undefeated record by beating everyone in the competition.
Starting the day off, the Wildcats came in with a clear game plan to beat their opponents. Winning five of the six singles matches, the team started the game off right.
To add a finishing touch, the Linfield team brought in three wins for the doubles competition, finishing the game with eight wins and one loss in its game against the Pioneers.
A day prior to the Lewis & Clark game, the Wildcats had set their eyes on the win against George Fox University. Each player won her match against the Bruins.
The six singles players dominated the floor in winning six of their sets, adding points to the board for Linfield. The doubles players who won eight of their sets continued the streak.
“I hope that we keep playing as a team and help each other grow as people on and off the court,” freshman Erin Crofcheck said. “We are a strong team, and I hope that we can show that and have it pay off by winning our conference.”
The Wildcats won the game with nine victorious sets, while the Bruins had none.
Heading in the right direction, the team has high hopes of sending themselves to regionals.
“I really hope we can win conference and advance a few rounds in regionals too,” sophomore Caroline Brigham said. “So far, it looks like we are on the right track to accomplishing that.“
In having these hopes, the team sees the challenge of reaching it. With nine freshmen on the team, the adjustment to college level athletics can be a factor in the success of the team.
“Being a freshman, it is so different being on a college team than it is being on a high school team,” Crofcheck said. “College is way more competitive.”
“Our women’s tennis team has this energy and pumped vibe that I feel before every match. This team makes me feel ready to compete and we have such great team chemistry.” freshman Kaila Nip said. ” I love the competition that we face and the competition within our team that pushes us to be better players.”
The team’s next competition will be March 2 against Pacific Lutheran University, and again March 3 against Willamette University. Both games will be played at home.
“I am most excited to compete against [Whitman College and Whitworth College],” Nip said. “They are our toughest competition this year and our matches are exciting. This past Saturday, we beat Whitman and it was the best feeling in the world.”
Kaylyn Peterson/Sports editor
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