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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


Women’s tennis racks up wins at weekend matches

The Linfield women’s tennis team came away with three glorious victories this week: Wednesday against Willamette, 8-1, Friday against Pacific, 9-0, and Saturday against Pacific Lutheran 8-1.

Freshman Mackenzie Fraser felt very proud to be a Wildcat after Wednesday’s match against Willamette.

“Even though we lost our doubles match, we turned it around and came back to win in singles,” said Fraser, “which shows how mentally tough of a team we are.” Still on a high from Wednesday’s win, the Linfield Women’s Tennis team pulled off their first conference match sweep of the season in their match on Friday against Pacific.

“We have all been working hard to improve our games and it was awesome to solidify that during our match up against Pacific,” said Junior Kaila Nip. “Everyone played well and it was awesome to play outside in the good weather.”

With confidence levels through the roof as the team felt the full results of their long hard weeks of training paying off, the team pulled out yet another win Saturday against Pacific Lutheran University. This win secures the team one of the four spots in the Conference Tournament.

Kelly Watanabe was back playing in singles for the first time in several weeks since her injury and dominated her opponent 6-2, 6-3.

“Overall, the team battled through some close matches today and pulled out one of our best wins of the season,” said Senior Caroline Brigham.

The team hopes to keep competing well through to next weekend when they play Whitman and Whitworth at Linfield’s home courts.

Mikenna Whatley/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


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


Wildcats take the courts by storm

The Wildcat women’s tennis team as they took on the George Fox University Bruins on March 14 and the Lewis & Clark College Pioneers on March 15. Both matches came easy for the Wildcats as they swept both the Bruins and Pioneers 8-1 giving the ‘Cats a 3-2 record in the Northwest Conference and a 6-2 record overall.

The first win for the Linfield Women’s Tennis team came from the double matches with the Brigham/Fraser team defeating George Fox 8-1, and the Jernstedt/Mostul team winning 9-7.

“We always try to get off to a good start by winning our doubles matches so we can get our momentum going into the singles matches,” Kume said.

However, the ’Cats weren’t done yet. Wildcat senior Caroline Brigham defeating Fox 6-2 and 6-1. Right after, Kaila Nip dominated with a score of 6-1, 6-1 and soon enough, ‘Cats junior Kelly Watanabe won a thrilling match 4-6, 6-3, 6-2. The wins continued with freshman Marisa Kume winning her match 6-2, 6-2 and freshman Mackenzie Fraser killing the net with scores 6-3, 6-4. Junior Gretchen Jernstedt won her match in three sets with scores of 6-4, 0-6, and 10-3.

“I was really excited to play our first home match and my first match in college,” Kume said. “I think we played really well. Having all of our players and parents in the field house, the atmosphere was great. We had some matches and listening to the cheering from everybody really helped us. I think it was a great team effort.”

Likewise, the ‘Cats performed well against the Pioneers with a score of 8-1. With all players and teams dominating the courts, there is no question that the Wildcats are looking at a strong upcoming season.

“The biggest strength of our team is that we all get along really well and that we all support each other. We all compete with each other really well during practice, so we each get better day by day,” Kume said.

The Wildcats next match will be at home against Spokane Community College on March 21. After watching their current performance, there is no doubt that the Lady ‘Cats tennis team has an exciting season ahead.

Casie Gaza/Senior sports reporter


Senior Caroline Brigham prepares to hit the incoming ball backhanded during the teams single match at home against Lewis & Clark on March  14.

Alex YeCheng Zhang/Senior photographer

Freshmen Lauren Seki hits a ball overhead during her singles match against Lewis & Clark College.

Alex YeCheng Zhang/Senior photographer