Linfield’s women’s tennis team won yet another match March 10 against the University of Puget Sound Loggers with a score of 8-1, leaving them undefeated.
“I think we have a really great chance to be the conference champs. That’s our goal and we’re all hoping to achieve it,” freshman Gretchen Jernstedt said.
In the singles competition, senior Abby Olbrich defeated Logger player Maddison Holtz 6-0, 6-0.
Wildcat sophomore Caroline Brigham beat her opponent, Jenna Gerdsen, 6-3, 6-0.
“My goals for this season are definitely to win conference and the conference tournament so we can go to regionals again this year,” Brigham said.
Freshman Kaila Nip won her match 6-1, 6-1 against Maddie Thiesse, but Logger Logan Thompson beat Wildcat junior Lexi Thomas 6-4, 6-4.
“It takes a lot of hard work, repetition, and a strong will to become a good tennis player,” Brigham said.
Senior Kiana Nip defeated her opponent Marissa Friedman 6-3, 6-0, and freshman Kelly Watanabe won her singles match against Josephine Dow 6-4, 6-4.
“Our strengths are our confidence and belief in our ability,” Jernstedt said. “Also, depth and the will to win and never give up.”
The doubles competition ended completely in the Wildcats’ favor. Olbrich and Brigham defeated their opponents, Holtz and Dow 8-3. Brigham said she had been strengthing her communication skills on the court, adding to her teamwork.
“Abby and I have been working a lot on communication and new strategies, which seemed to work well in our match this weekend,” Brigham said.
The Nip sisters won 8-2 against Loggers duo Thompson and Friedman, and Watanabe and Thomas beat Ada Yu and Thiesse 8-5.
Brigham speculated on the team’s upcoming challenges, saying that she viewed the competition as an opportunity to improve.
“Our biggest conference opponents are Whitman and Whitworth, but we are playing some nationally ranked teams when we go to California over Spring Break, which will be really tough matches,” Brigham said.
On March 16, the Wildcats travel to Forest Grove to play against Pacific University and play at home on March 17 against Whitworth University.
The big match this weekend is the match against Whitworth.
“That should be a good match to show who is number one in the conference,” Jernstedt said.
Meghan O’Rourke/Opinion editor
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