The season is close to wrapping up for the Linfield Men’s Tennis team.
Between March 22 and 26, the Wildcats played a series of five away matches in Texas, each one ending in a loss.
The following weekend, the ‘Cats lost to Lewis & Clark University, 6-3.
“I didn’t feel like I played great, only winning one match, but it was a great learning experience,” freshman Micah Roos said about the matches in Texas.
This season has been a learning experience for all of the players. More than half of the team is freshmen and players who have never played at a college varsity level.
“I’ve learned a lot about who I am as a player and what I need to work on,” Roos said.
Freshman Matthijs Baurichter, a foreign exchange student from the Netherlands, said he has greatly enjoyed being part of the team.
“It’s been a great opportunity, we don’t have [tennis] like this in the Netherlands,” Baurichter said.
In the Netherlands, Baurichter participates in club tennis and said he is used to what equates to a junior varsity level of play.
Baurichter has never played at a college varsity level, so this season has been challenging.
“I’ve really enjoyed playing here. I like playing college sports, because we’ve become close friends when hanging out together outside of tennis. When you live together, you become closer,” Baurichter said.
As the end of the season draws closer, senior Cody Levien is no longer playing singles matches, allowing younger players to get some time on the court.
Levien has led the team this year, but will be passing on the torch to junior Zach Lyons.
“I’m ready to step down from the leadership position and let the freshmen grow some more.” Levien said
Lyons and Levien have played in No. 1 doubles together this season and are currently 10-6.
“I’m honored to have played with this great group of guys and I’m very proud of the improvement they’ve made through the year even though it’s been a tough one,” Levien said.
On April 7 and 8, the Wildcats hosted Whitworth University and Whitman College, both matches ending in a 9-0 loss.
The Wildcats are currently at 2-15 overall and 2-8 in NWC standings.
Linfield will next compete against the University of Puget Sound on April 13 in Tacoma, Wash.
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