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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


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

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


Women wildcats win tennis back-to-back

It was a promising weekend for the Linfield Wildcat women’s tennis team as they faced the California Institute of Technology Beavers in Indian Wells, Calif. Excitingly, the Lady ’Cats were able to pull out a team victory over the Beavers defeating them 6-3.

In the singles competition, it was freshmen Marisa Kume and Mackenzie Fraser and junior Gretchen Jernstedt coming out on top tying up the team scores 3-3. Kume defeated Cal Tech’s Valerie Pietrasz in an exciting three set match with score 6-0, 2-6, and 10-2 while teammate Jernstedt defeated Beavers’ Michelle Tang 6-3, 6-2. Fraser defeated Chen in a two set sweep with scores 6-2, 6-3.

“Going into the matches, I was thinking how lucky we were to have this opportunity to play teams out of our league and get the chance to learn from these matches. It’s so much fun to be able to travel with these awesome people, but it’s also fun to grow as tennis players through these non-league matches,” Fraser said.

There was no doubt that the ’Cats women’s tennis team was having a lot of fun as the Linfield Wildcats swept the doubles matches with the senior Caroline Brigham and Fraser defeating the Beavers with a tight score of 8-6, the juniors Kaila Nip and Kelly Watanabe team defeating Cal Tech’s team of yet another exciting score of 8-6, and the Jernstedt and freshman Courtney Mostul team defeating the Beavers’ team with an exhilarating, nail biting score of 9-7. By the looks of these scores, there is no doubt that the ’Cats tennis team is off to a promising start for their 2014 season.

“Our team is doing fantastic this season. We are starting out strong not only with a few wins, but also with very positive attitudes and a strong bond,” Fraser said.

However, the ’Cats have not done it alone. These young ladies have been guided by new head coach Lisa Macy-Baker. Baker, a Linfield alumni and Hall of Fame athlete, has large shoes to fill as Dames Smith–prior head coach–has coached the ’Cats to six Northwest Conference  Titles and three appearances in the NCAA Division III Regional playoffs. Nevertheless, these shoes fit Baker perfectly. Fraser was ecstatic when talking about Baker.

“She’s like my second mom. She’s there for you on the court and off, which I think is really unique and special to have in a coach. We’re so lucky to have her this year,” Fraser said.

By the outcome of the ’Cats Palm Springs tennis tournament, there is no question that their team is off to a good start.

“As a team, I think we are pretty rock solid. I think time will tell what we need to improve on, but so far we are doing great,” Fraser said. “This California tournament has really helped to bring our team closer and has helped us to get even more practice that will definitely help us to be match ready in the Conference season to come.”

With conference matches starting right around the corner, there is no doubt that Linfield will be hearing more from Fraser and the Linfield women’s tennis team in the weeks to come. Their conference opener is a home match on March 14 against George Fox University at 4 p.m.

Casie Gaza/ Senior Sports reporter