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The Wildcat women’s tennis team won their first home match of the season on March 1 against the University of Puget Sound Loggers, 8-1.
This was their third conference match of the season, and was a much-needed moral boost after both of last weekend’s away match losses to Whitman College and Whitworth University.
Linfield Wildcats started out the match with a solid lead against the Puget Sound Loggers. Senior Caroline Brigham, junior Kaila Nip, and freshman Marisa Kume won all of their matches in the singles competition. Junior Kelly Watanabe and freshman Mackenzie Fraser also won matches in the singles competition.
Going into the doubles competition with an already strong lead from singles, Linfield continued to hold control over Puget Sound in all three doubles matches.
Wildcat coach Lisa Macy-Baker, who was very much looking forward to the team’s match against Puget Sound, feels particularly proud of the team’s winning performance.
“It feels good to be home,” Macy-Baker said. “UPS is a very competitive team top to bottom this year.”
Macy-Baker is correct, though Puget Sound is ranked 15 regionally and Linfield is ranked above them at 11, the Loggers had two good results this season prior to playing at Linfield on Saturday. The Wildcats embraced the challenge of taking on the Puget Sound Loggers and ultimately rose to their full potential as victors.
The women’s tennis team’s next match will be against California Institute of Technology at 4 p.m. on March 7 in Indian Wells, Calif.
Mikenna Whatley/Staff writer
Senior Katherine Allison prepares to serve during her singles match on March 1. The Women’s Tennis started back on their winning track by winning this match against Puget Sound University.
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Junior Kelly Watanabe and Junior Kailia Nip are preparing to receive a ball from the other team, which the doubles team won 8-4.
Spencer Beck/Staff photographer
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
The Linfield women’s tennis team played two away matches Feb. 22 and 23 against Whitman College in Walla Walla, Wash. and Whitworth University in Spokane, Wash., both of which Linfield ended up losing.
Their first match was last Friday against defending conference champions, Whitman College. Though Linfield ultimately lost 5-4, freshman Mackenzie Fraser and senior Caroline Brigham won the last doubles match of the night, giving the team a confidence boost as they headed into singles matches. Junior Kaila Nip, freshman Courtney Mostul, and junior Kelly Watanabe all won their singles matches against Whitman’s tough competition. Other singles that were lost were very close.
Linfield came into this match as the underdog, so despite their loss against Whitman College, the team remains in high spirits and feels good about their performance.
The second match of the weekend was last Saturday against Whitworth University, which Linfield lost 7-2.
After losing 0-3 after doubles, the girls found it very difficult to try and pull through the singles matches. Nip, freshman Marisa Kume, and junior Gretchen Jernstedt all battled through some very close singles matches that went three sets each.
Unfortunately for Linfield, even their good performance in singles could not outweigh the tough doubles losses that they experienced earlier in the match.
“It was a tough loss for us, but luckily we play them again at home later in the season. So hopefully we will be better rested and more prepared then,” Brigham said.
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In an attempt to make the game more spectator friendly, the National College Athletic Association (NCAA) has made dramatic changes to the format of Division I tennis. The NCAA’s decision is sparking huge backlash on social media from Division I athletes, coaches and professional tennis players alike.
Under the changes, singles matches will no longer be played the best of three sets. Instead of a full third set, the players will instead play a ten-point super tie breaker to decide the match. Doubles matches have also been shortened to one six game set instead of an eight game pro-set. Once two doubles matches from the same team have won their matches, all doubles matches will end, regardless of the score. The time players have between doubles and singles has also been reduced from ten minutes to five minutes. Changeovers have been reduced from 90 seconds to 60 seconds and warm-ups between opponents have been eliminated completely. There is also no-Ad scoring for men’s double matches.
These changes have been made not for the good of the game but to increase the amount of profit brought in by spectator viewership of the sport.
“The shortened format may provide exposure opportunities through television coverage, live streaming and local media coverage,” said the NCAA “It is difficult and cost prohibitive for television to air a 4.5 hour college tennis match. In addition, it is very challenging for local media (television or print) to watch and cover an entire dual match. Therefore, the sport lacks local and national coverage, which will be improved with a format that consistently finishes within a three-hour time frame.”
However, altering the game to fit into a time slot on television is detrimental to the game itself. Tennis, in nature is not a fast-paced sport in the way sports like football and basketball are. Shortening matches is not going to be an effective way to broaden sports audiences because people who like tennis will watch tennis, regardless of the duration of time it takes to complete a match.
If the NCAA’s goal is to encourage more athletes to play college tennis with the intent of “going pro” after college, they are still missing the mark. In professional tennis, women play a full three sets and men play five full sets. Both women and men only play set tie-breakers, never match tie-breakers. The reduction of time for the matches is detrimental to athletes wanting to play professional tennis since the average tennis match can last anywhere from 3-5 hours on average.
“If college is used as developmental step for kids to then play on tour, it would help if it was the same scoring, obviously,” Rajeev Ram said, the current A.T.P. No. 100 in singles and No. 55 in doubles. Ram played one semester of college tennis at University of Illinois before turning professional in 2004.
“If I’m going into a match knowing that all I’ve got to do is win one set and then I’m into a breaker, I think I would play a little differently. And out here [in the professional circuit] that never happens,” Ram said.
The changes have sparked huge backlash from Division I athletes and coaches across the nation.
“This new NCAA tennis format is a total joke,” tweeted Aaron Pfister of Michigan State. “Beyond disappointed to hear about it. Changes the way matches will go 100%. #furious”
“Well looks like effective September 1st I can start eating all the burgers I want since I won’t be playing any three set matches,” tweeted Emina Bektas of the University of Michagan.
Even University of Georgia Coach, Manny Diaz was furious with the changes.
“Will kill our college game as we know it today” tweeted Diaz, later adding, “Or we could just flip a coin for doubles point. That would shorten it. Don’t see baseball playing six innings or [basketball] three quarters.”
Legendary American tennis players like John McEnroe and up and coming U.S. players like John Isner and Sam Queery have also shown huge opposition to the changes even encouraging the repeal of the rules to no avail. The decision was reached by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (I.T.A.) during the I.T.A. Convention this past December and the changes have been officially made by the NCAA.
The changes apply to both men and women’s tennis and are affective in September 2014.
Camille Weber/Sports Columnist
Men’s tennis saw improvements on Saturday Feb. 22 in both in singles and doubles, but still resulted in a 9-0 loss against Whitworth College.
The Wildcats didn’t lack competitive drive even though two of their players were injured, which caused them to forfeit two matches because they didn’t have a full team.
“Fridays loss to the reigning conference champs actually gave us confidence going into Saturday because we all felt like we played well and surprised a very talented team with how hard we played,” junior and captain Lukas Kleinman said, “We definitely improved from Friday to Saturday because we listened to our coaches advice and tried to use different strategies and patterns.”
Freshman Kelsey Rosborough and Kleinman, lost a very close doubles match, 8-6, against the Whitworth pair.
Rosborough was a standout this weekend, according to Kleinman, he lost a very close singles match, 6-2, 6-7(6-8), 9-11.
Junior and Captain Micah Roos and sophomore Tim Hawkins lost their doubles, 3-8, but improved across the board since Friday against Whitman, in both doubles and singles.
“Saturday we played a lot better,” Hawkins said. “We were competitive as a team, and a few points here and there would have been a different outcome. We are showing a lot of growth already.”
In singles, Roos lost 6-3, 6-3. Hawkins also lost his singles, 6-2, 6-4 and sophomore Nick Konen lost 6-0, 6-0 after having to sit out his doubles match due to forfeit.
“Micah and I saw a lot of growth in the younger guys this weekend and those were two of the best teams in the conference so, although we are disappointed that we lost, we see something to build on,” Kleinman said.
Linfield visits University of Puget Sound March 1 for the next Northwest Conference matchup.
Rachael Gernhart/Staff Writter