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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

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Women’s golf gets tough loss in recent tournament

The women’s golf team competed at the NWC Spring Classic finishing seventh out of nine teams at Canyon Lakes on April 5-6.

The team went against some tough weather conditions this last weekend. The team has a rough start in the two-day tournament with having only one player in the top-20. Senior Alexandria Smith led the team on the first day with a score of 88. During the round Smith got one birdy and three pars.

“We played fairly well considering the conditions,” Smith said. “The wind was fairly challenging, but overall we have good holes and bad holes.”

The rest of the team struggled with the course as while with the next person being sophomore Maggie Harlow who ended the first day with a 96. Junior Erin Crofcheck ended the day with a 101 and freshman Laura Waller ended with a 110.

“We didn’t do as well as we would have liked to,” Harlow said. “There were some positive take-aways from the weekend that we will build on for the next tournament.”

The team went back the next day and had mix results on the course. For some of the ‘Cats it was a much better day while for other it was only worse. The Wildcats ended seventh out of the nine competing teams with a score of 798. Smith ended the day with a 93 and the tournament with a final score of 181. Harlow followed with a second day score of 95, Waller with a score of 102 and Crofcheck with a score of 113.

“For me at least, I was sticking the ball well and hitting the greens, but wasn’t putting well,” Smith said. “Today nothing was really coming together between hitting and putting. For the team in general I think the pace of play was slower making it hard to find a groove.”

The women’s golf team will compete at the Willamette Invitational at Broken Top on April 12-13.

“We’re going to continue to work this week on our individual areas of improvement,” Harlow said. “This will hopefully better our team performance in the Willamette Invitational.”

Stephanie Hofmann/Sports editor

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Bad weather holds ’Cats back in tournament

The Linfield golf team struggled in the tournament in Kennewick, Wash., but it wasn’t entirely their fault. Despite the scores being higher than usual, the team still managed to place in the top half of the leader board, finishing fourth out of nine teams.

The weather was not on any golfers side in this tournament. As told by Junior Linfield golfer Logan Munson, “Both days had a constant 25 MPH wind, and the course was rock hard.”  In addition to the wind moving their ball around which every way it felt while the shot was in the air, the solid ground made it very difficult for any golfer to pick the ball cleanly.

Munson was the highlight of the Linfield team, finishing tied for sixth individually due to playing a great round on his second day to make up for his mediocre first round.

“I played really well today (April 6),” Munson said. “I shot a 75 after an 82 yesterday.”

Only four players were able to keep each days score under 80, this greatly to the fact that the weather conditions were not ideal for playing golf. Seven over was the best two day combined score, coming from Whitworth’s Stephen Plopper who shot a 78, followed by a 75.

Linfield’s start golfer Taylor Klopp struggled to stroke the ball in the inclement weather. Klopp shot an 81 and an 82, staying consistent for the two days but not playing as well as he had wished.

Whitworth was the team to pull out the victory for the entirety of the tournament. The team shot a combined 618 or 42 over par. Willamette came in second, but not a close second. Whitworth had two of the top three scores, and didn’t have a single individual finisher above 17th.

The Wildcats will travel to compete in the Willamette Invitational on the weekend of April 5 and 6 at Broken Top golf course. There they will hope for a little better luck with the weather, which will hopefully show better scores for golfers and a higher team finish.

Drew Mahrt/ For the Review

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Wildcats sink the Pirates in four weekend games

The softball team crushed the Whitworth University Pirates in the away games at Spokane, Wash. on April 5-6.

The Wildcats continued their winning streak with a back-to-back win ending 7-3 and 2-0. Senior Shelby VandeBergh and Senior Karina Paavola and Junior Montana McNealy got 27 strikeouts. Linfield started off the games right of the bat with 3 runs in the first inning and never gave up that edge. In the fifth inning the ‘Cats got yet another 3 runs to make the final score of 7 runs.

In the next game the Wildcats completely shutout the Pirates. Linfield got the two runs in the sixth inning to make their final score and held off the ’Cats for the last inning.

The second part of the weekend doubleheader, the Wildcats destroyed the Pirates again with the score of 6-0 and 5-3. The ’Cats went back and fourth for two innings before an explosive third inning and then another in the seventh inning, while also shutting out the other team the entire time.

In the second game, the first inning went by uneventful and then in the second inning the Wildcats got two innings, but then the Pirates went ahead with three runs. The ’Cats got back on top with three runs in the fourth inning. The rest of the game was a back-to-back no score between the two teams.

The softball team will next be against Willamette University at home on April 12 starting at noon.

Stephanie Hofmann/Sports editor

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Women’s tennis sweeps weekend matches

The Linfield women’s tennis team swept the floor at its two away matches April 4 and 5 against Puget Sound University in Tacoma, Wash., and Pacific University in Forest Grove, Ore. Linfield won both matches 8-1. After not having a match for almost two weeks, the team felt very proud to walk away having won both matches.

“Everyone fought really hard and played some good matches,” senior Katherine Allison said. “They were tough, but our team did well.”

Due to a wrist injury, No. 3 junior Kelly Watanabe had to sit out for singles on Friday’s match and both of Saturday’s matches. This forced the team to step out of their comfort zone and rearrange doubles pairing to accommodate for Watanabe’s injury.

The pairs of girls had never played doubles together in a match before. While the team was apprehensive about playing without one of its most valuable players, the girls rose to the occasion and truly played to the best of their abilities.

“We played really well,” said senior Caroline Brigham. “It was good to see that we still got the wins even with our new doubles combinations.”

Brigham lost a particularly difficult singles match against Pacific on Saturday, which she will have the chance to make up for Friday, April 11 when they play against each other at Linfield’s home courts.

“It was a really close match,” said Brigham. “I want to avenge my loss this Friday.”

Coming up, Linfield women’s tennis will have an away match against Willamette at 4 p.m. April 9 in Salem, Ore.

Mikenna Whatley/Staff Writer

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