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Boxers trample ’Cats in back-to-back matches

Pacific University swept Linfield in all singles and doubles resulting in a 9-0 win April 11 at Pacific’s Holce Courts in Forest Grove, Ore.

“Friday was tough because of how strong the team is, they are one of the top teams in the conference from top to bottom,” said junior Lukas Kleinman, “I felt like Friday we played a little better as a unit and perhaps that was just because there was less pressure and it was the first match of the weekend.”

The Boxer’s are ranked 10th in the most recent Intercollegiate Tennis Association West region rankings.

At No. 1 singles junior Micah Roos lost to Pacific 6-2, 6-1. Freshmen Kelsey Rosborough was defeated by Pacific’s No. 2 singles player, 6-1, 6-1. At No. 3 singles Kleinman lost 6-0, 6-0. Sophomore Tim Hawkins fell to Pacific’s No. 4 singles player, 6-3, 6-1.

Pacific earned a victory over Linfield’s No. 5 singles player, freshmen Alec Wisthoff, 6-1, 6-0 and at No. 6 singles, sophomore Nick Konen lost to Pacific, 6-4, 6-1.

In doubles Pacific beat Linfield’s No. 1 duo, Kleinman and Rosborough, 8-4. At No. 2 doubles Hawkins and Roos lost 8-4 against Pacific. Wisthoff and Konen at No. 3 doubles also lost to Pacific, 8-1.

“As our coach described it, Friday was the best practice of the year because we were pushed. We learned that we still have to give 100 percent no matter how we are feeling or who we play,” Hawkins said.

After competing at Pacific University the Cats traveled to another Northwest Conference competition against Pacific Lutheran.

Pacific Lutheran defeated Linfield 8-1 on April 11 at the PLU tennis courts in Tacoma, Wash.

Linfield’s lone win came from Kleinman. Kleinman won 6-3 in the first set and earned a third-set victory over Pacific Lutheran’s No. 3 singles player, 6-3, 4-6, 1-0 (10-3).

“Saturday there was some disappointment in our early performance,” Kleinman said. “We came out very flat in doubles but showed more heart in singles and played through the heat and wind and fought hard.”

In the remaining singles, the Lutes won in straight sets against the Wildcats. At No. 1 singles, Roos, lost to Pacific Lutheran University, 6-3, 6-0. At No. 2 singles Rosborough lost to the Lutes, 6-3, 6-2.

At. No 4 singles, Pacific Lutheran earned a victory over Hawkins, 6-0, 6-0. At. No 5 singles, Pacific Lutheran won over Wisthoff 6-4, 6-1. At No. 6 singles Konen lost to Pacific Lutheran, 6-4, 6-2.

In doubles matches Pacific Lutheran dominated across the board. Kleinman and Rosborough lost at No. 1 doubles, 8-1. At No. 2 doubles Hawkins and Roos lost to Pacific Lutheran, 8-3. Konen and Wisthoff lost to PLU, 8-0.

“I think we learned that when we play with confidence and freely we are capable of elevating our games to the next level,” Kleinman said.

Coming up, the Linfield Wildcats go to eastern Washington to face Whitman College and then Whitworth University.

Rachael Gernhart/Staff writer


Men’s tennis fight hard in triple weekend matches

Linfield tennis had a full weekend competing against three conference teams which had some successful individual performances.

Linfield hosted and competed against the University of Puget Sound on April 4, Pacific University on April 5, and Willamette University on April 6.

“This weekend was a lot more difficult than last weekend because we were battling three straight days against conference opponents which is always very competitive,” junior Lukas Kleinman said. “Everyone was able to keep fighting despite the fatigue that comes from three straight days full of matches.”

Despite dropping a 6-3 decision to the Puget Sound Loggers Friday afternoon at home, Linfield Wildcats earned a pair of singles wins and one doubles victory.

In singles, at No. 5, freshman Alec Wisthoff, earned his first singles victory of the season, with 4-6, 6-3, 7-5.  Kleinman downed Puget Sound’s No. 3 singles player, 6-4, 6-3, 6-2. Sophomore Tim Hawkins, at No. 4, went in to a third sent against his Puget Sound opponent but the Loggers won the point, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.

Linfield had two more close victories. Junior Micah Roos lost a narrow decision to the No. 1 Puget Sound singles player, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4. At. No. 2 freshman Kelsey Rosborough lost, 6-4, 7-5 and at. No. 6 singles sophomore Nick Konen lost 6-1, 6-1.

At No. 1 Kleinman and Rosborough won their second straight doubles match with an 8-5 win. Puget Sound squeaked out an 8-6 win over Roos and Hawkins at No. 2 doubles. At No. 3 doubles, Puget Sound beat Wisthoff and Konen 8-3.

Pacific won all the matchups over the Wildcats, coming out with a 9-0 victory, on Saturday April 5.

“Saturday was a really rough day for the team, we played one of the top teams in the conference and unfortunately nobody won but we showed a lot of grit and toughness by not giving up despite being over matched,” Kleinman said.

The most competitive singles match came from Rosborough who was edged by Pacific’s No. 2, 4-6, 6-1, 10-6.  The remainder of the singles matches were decided in straight sets.

At No. 2 Roos and Hawkins had the closest doubles match loosing only 9-7 to Pacific. Kleinman and Rosborough lost to Pacific’s No. 1 doubles, 8-6.

“We knew Pacific was going to be a tough team to compete with. We just put that match away and tried to focus as much as we could on today’s [Willamette] match,” Wisthoff said. “I know I can’t wait to play Pacific again, because the serves they hit are jaw dropping.”

The Wildcats closed the weekend with a loss to Willamette, 8-1, Sunday afternoon.

The lone victory for Linfield came from No. 1 doubles partners, Rosborough and Kleinman. The No. 1 doubles partners were originally down 4-7 and managed to win five straight games.

“Hopefully our comeback will inspire the rest of the team and show them that even when your back is against the wall and your not playing well, you can still comeback, turn it around, and get a victory,” Kleinman said.

Rachael Gernhart/Staff Writer


Men’s tennis claims victory with doubles pair

Men’s tennis lost to Lewis & Clark 8-1 on March 15 at Lewis & Clark College.

The only team points earned came from Linfield’s No. 1 doubles pair, junior Lukas Kleinman and freshmen Kelsey Rosborough. The two paired for an 8-5 decision over Lewis & Clark’s No. 1 doubles pair.

Junior Micah Roos and sophomore Tim Hawkins lost 8-3 at No. 2 doubles.

The Wildcats lost two points automatically to the Pioneers, defaulting No. 3 doubles and No. 6 singles.

In four of the five singles flights, Lewis & Clark won straight sets. Rosborough was the exception, after a battle with the No. 2 singles Pioneer player, which ended in Rosborough falling in a tiebreaker, 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-2).

In others singles, Roos lost 6-4, 6-1 at No. 1, Kleinman lost 6-2, 6-4 at No. 3, Hawkins lost 6-2, 6-1 at No. 4 and freshmen Alec Wisthoff lost 6-1, 6-0 at No. 5 singles.

“It was a good effort at doubles, glad to see [Kleinman and Rosborough] get a win,” Hawkins said. “And next week is huge cause it gives us our first chance at getting a team win.”

Coming up, Linfield plays five consecutive home matches. The ‘Cats next match is against Spokane Community College on March 21.

Rachael Gernhart/ Staff Writer


California proves difficult for ’Cats

In the first of three matches in California the Linfield Wildcats lost 9-0 to California Institute for Technology. Cal Tech swept all three doubles matches and the six single pairings in Rancho Las Palmas, Calif.

At No. 1 doubles March 7, Kelsey Rosborough, freshmen, and Lukas Kleinman, junior, had a close match and were even point for point before loosing 8-6 to Cal Tech.

The closest singles match was Kelsey Rosborough, freshmen, with a 6-1, 6-2 loss.

Not only did the Wildcats enjoy the sun on their day off according to sophomore Tim Hawkins but Saturday the Wildcats watched the BNP Parabas Open in Indian Wells, Calif.

“We got to watch Rafael Nadal, number one in the world, last night along with many other top pros,” Hawkins said.

On March 9 the team played George Fox, University loosing 8-1, in a Northwest Conference matchup in Calif.

No. 1 doubles, Rosborough and Kleinman, lost a very close match to George Fox that ended in a tiebreaker.

No. 2 doubles, junior Micah Roos and Hawkins, won their first match with a final score of 8-5.

Linfield’s next match will be March 10 against Hardin-Simmons University in Indio, Calif.

Rachael Gernhart/Staff Writer


Men’s Tennis gets its first doubles win

The Linfield’s No. 1 doubles team saw their first tandem win against University of Puget Sound on March 1, providing the Wildcat’s with their only win for the weekend. The men’s tennis team dropped the match 8-1 against the UPS Loggers.

Junior Lukas Kleinman and freshmen Kelsey Rosborough defeated the UPS duo 8-6. Kleinman hopes that their win this weekend will bring energy to help fuel the team next weekend.

In other doubles, Linfield’s No. 2 duo, junior Micah Roos and sophomore Tim Hawkins fell 8-4 to Puget Sound. Wildcat’s No. 3 doubles loss due to default.

“We’re at a huge disadvantage because of our injuries,” sophomore Nick Konen said. “We’ve had to go into every match down 2-0 because of our lack of players so we are forced to forfeit those two games.”

In singles, Rosoborough had a close match against the No. 2 player for UPS, with a 7-4, 6-4 loss.

“We didn’t play quiet as well as we wanted to in singles this week but I definitely saw improvement over last week,” Kleinman said.

Other singles were not as close. Roos at No. 1 loss 6-0, 6-0, Kleinman at No. 3 loss 6-4, 6-0, Hawkins at No. 4 loss 6-2, 6-2 and Konen at No. 5 loss 6-0, 6-0. Linfield also loss in No. 6 singles due to default.

“Although he [Rosoborough] didn’t win it was great to see him play with so much confidence and passion, especially as a freshman,” said Konen, “The final score of the match was 8-1, but that score doesn’t reflect how we played. We played well, kept it competitive and gained some confidence that we will carry to California next weekend where we will hopefully get our first win of the season.”

Next weekend the team heads to Indio, Calif. to play three matches in three days. The Wildcats first play California Institute of Technology on March 8, then Hardin-Simmons University March 9 and the team battles George Fox University on March 10.

Rachael Gernhart/Staff Writer