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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


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


Wildcats make come back at home

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.

Spencer Beck/Staff photographer

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

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