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Wildcats swing in final regular season win

Senior Lexi Thomas goes in for a poach at the net against Rachel Heringer and Stephanie Matsuura in a 9-8 (7-2) number two doubles victory against Willamette University with partner sophomore Gretchen Jernstedt on April 12. The Wildcats won the match 8-1 against the Bearcats.
Tyson Takeuchi/Senior photographer
Senior Lexi Thomas goes in for a poach at the net against Rachel Heringer and Stephanie Matsuura in a 9-8 (7-2) number two doubles victory against Willamette University with partner sophomore Gretchen Jernstedt on April 12. The Wildcats won the match 8-1 against the Bearcats. Tyson Takeuchi/Senior photographer

Senior Lexi Thomas goes in for a poach at the net against Rachel Heringer and Stephanie Matsuura in a 9-8 (7-2) number two doubles victory against Willamette University with partner sophomore Gretchen Jernstedt on April 12. The Wildcats won the match 8-1 against the Bearcats.
Tyson Takeuchi/Senior photographer

The women’s tennis team ended its last regular season tournament with a home victory. Linfield finished with an 8-1 win against Willamette on April 12 at the Linfield Tennis Center.

Prior to the match, the sole senior, Lexi Thomas, was honored.

The Wildcats won all but one of the singles matches.

Junior Caroline Brigham took down the Bearcats’ Denise Poltavski in both sets, 6-3, 6-2. She was the winner of both number one matches.

Freshman Kwynn Ecton beat the Bearcats’ Stephanie Matsuura winning the sets 6-3, 6-2.

Sophomore Kelly Watanabe defeated Mandy Carlson, 6-1, 6-1.

Sophomore Gretchen Jernstedt won against Lizzie Kubitz, leaving her scoreless in the first set 6-0 and winning the second set 6-2.

Sophomore Kaila Nip won her match by default due to an injury to an opposing team’s player.

In doubles, the Wildcats swept the competition.

Brigham and Ecton both won their second victories in the number one match of the night, beating the Bearcats’ Sabrina Gutierrez and Denise Poltavski.

Jernstedt and Thomas had a tight match against the Bearcats, having to rally to tie the game and then gained a win with a final point, 9-8.

Nip and Watanabe also had a win, 8-1.

The Wildcats record improved from 6-5, 7-9 to 7-5, 8-9. They stand in fifth for the conference.

The Wildcats will next compete at the Northwest Conference Tournament on April 20.

 

Ivanna Tucker/Sports editor

Ivanna Tucker can be reached at linfieldreviewsports@gmail.com.

 

’Cats split conference matches

Tyson Takeuchi/Senior photographer
Freshman Kwynn Ecton serves in doubles against Lewis & Clark opponents Lisa Oespyan and Isabella Borris en route to a 8-4 victory.
Tyson Takeuchi/Senior photographer Freshman Kwynn Ecton serves in doubles against Lewis & Clark opponents Lisa Oespyan and Isabella Borris en route to a 8-4 victory.

Tyson Takeuchi/Senior photographer
Freshman Kwynn Ecton serves in doubles against Lewis & Clark opponents Lisa Oespyan and Isabella Borris en route to a 8-4 victory.

Women’s tennis, in matches April 5 and 6, first lost a home-court match to Lewis & Clark College, 8-1, then redeemed itself in an away game against Pacific Lutheran University, winning 6-3.

Inside, due to bad weather on Friday, the ’Cats lost two of their three doubles matches early on, leaving sophomores Kelly Watanabe and Kaila Nip on the No. 3 court to win the only point of the afternoon for Linfield in their doubles match against the Pioneers.

Linfield recently lost a match to Lewis & Clark in a 7-2 match March 22.

“We played very well,” sophomore Katie Krieger said. “We weren’t really expecting to win against a team ranked second, but we did our best and we were happy with our level of commitment.”

At the Pacific Lutheran campus Saturday, women’s tennis was ready to make up for the loss of the day before and played its hardest, winning by the three points it needed to compete for the No. 4 position in the Northwest Conference.

“I knew it was going to be a close match,” said sophomore Gretchen Jernstedt, who won her singles match on Saturday. “I tried not to think too much while I was playing because putting more pressure on myself might have affected how I was playing.”

The team, which was down 2-1 after the doubles matches, did not let the score discourage it going into the singles matches, when Jernstedt, Watanabe, Nip, junior Caroline Brigham and senior Lexi Thomas all won against Pacific Lutheran.

“The bus ride back was really fun. It’s always good bonding with the team, and it was even better since we were excited that we accomplished our goal,” Jernstedt said.

Next up for the Wildcats is a home match against Willamette University on April 12.

“Right now we’re in the number four spot,” Krieger said. “We still haven’t played Willamette, but we’re excited and confident going into that match.”

Linfield played Willamette earlier this season, winning 7-2 against the Bearcats.

After the match against Willamette, the Northwest Conference Tournaments will begin the weekend of April 20 and 21, and they will continue the weekend of May 10 and 11.

Olivia Marovich/Staff writer

Olivia Marovich can be reached at linfieldreviewsports@gmail.com.