Men’s tennis struggles to find its footing

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The men’s tennis team had a tough start to its season with a record of 0-4.

The season started on the road for the Wildcats when they played against Pacific Lutheran University on Feb. 15. Roos managed to gain the only match win in singles against the Lutes.

“Every match we play is going to be a challenge, the first three matches included,” senior Zach Lyons said. “Every team in this conference has players that have been working just as hard as we have toward similar goals and want to win just as bad as we do. No team is going to make anything easy for us.”

Senior Zach Lyons sets up to serve the ball during a doubles match against Whitman College on Feb. 22 at home.

The first home match of the season was against Lewis & Clark University on Feb. 16, and while it ended in defeat, the Wildcats earned a match win in singles and doubles. Lyons and Roos outscored the Pioneers 9-7 during their match, and freshman Alex Mangan won both his sets 6-4, winning the match.

Despite the wins, the Wildcats ended the match with a score of 7-2, with the Pioneers taking the win.
The closest match was between doubles team, Lyons and sophomore Micah Roos, who nearly missed the win against the Bruins, 8-6.

Linfield’s second home match Feb. 22 against Whitman College resulted in another loss, 9-0.
Facing off with George Fox University on Feb. 24, the Wildcats were cut down. With no sets won, they were defeated 9-0.

While Linfield has started the season off rough, the team sees improvements made since the fall season.

“Our entire team has been working to become better players, and I think we have,” Lyons said. “We made the choice to put in the time and effort necessary to make the most out of our practice time, and it has made a huge difference. The challenge now will be to maintain our focus and keep on track toward our goals.”

Together the team will be working on encouraging each other to do their best.

“The overarching goal for the spring season is to push ourselves and each other to reach our full potential individually and as a team,” Lyons said. “This means that we must play hard, play smart, play fair and play with passion. It also means that we must work together as a team and overcome obstacles together.”

The Wildcats’ next match will be against Pacific University at 4 p.m. on March 1 at home. The men’s tennis team had a tough start to its season with a record of 0-4.

The season started on the road for the Wildcats when they played against Pacific Lutheran University on Feb. 15. Roos managed to gain the only match win in singles against the Lutes.

“Every match we play is going to be a challenge, the first three matches included,” senior Zach Lyons said. “Every team in this conference has players that have been working just as hard as we have toward similar goals and want to win just as bad as we do. No team is going to make anything easy for us.”

The first home match of the season was against Lewis & Clark University on Feb. 16, and while it ended in defeat, the Wildcats earned a match win in singles and doubles. Lyons and Roos outscored the Pioneers 9-7 during their match, and freshman Alex Mangan won both his sets 6-4, winning the match.

Despite the wins, the Wildcats ended the match with a score of 7-2, with the Pioneers taking the win.
The closest match was between doubles team, Lyons and sophomore Micah Roos, who nearly missed the win against the Bruins, 8-6.

Linfield’s second home match Feb. 22 against Whitman College resulted in another loss, 9-0.
Facing off with George Fox University on Feb. 24, the Wildcats were cut down. With no sets won, they were defeated 9-0.

While Linfield has started the season off rough, the team sees improvements made since the fall season.

“Our entire team has been working to become better players, and I think we have,” Lyons said. “We made the choice to put in the time and effort necessary to make the most out of our practice time, and it has made a huge difference. The challenge now will be to maintain our focus and keep on track toward our goals.”

Together the team will be working on encouraging each other to do their best.

“The overarching goal for the spring season is to push ourselves and each other to reach our full potential individually and as a team,” Lyons said. “This means that we must play hard, play smart, play fair and play with passion. It also means that we must work together as a team and overcome obstacles together.”

The Wildcats’ next match will be against Pacific University at 4 p.m. on March 1 at home.

Kaylyn Peterson
Copy Chief

Kaylyn Peterson can be reached at linfieldreviewcopy@gmail.com

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