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The women’s tennis team lost a tight match against the University of Puget Sound Loggers on March 15, losing 5-4.
The Wildcats got off to an early lead after doubles play taking two of the three matches. Sophomore Gretchen Jernstedt and senior Lexi Thomas took the number one doubles matchup, 8-5.
“In doubles, my partner Gretchen and I were able to come together and not give up,” Thomas said. “Some of our games took 10-15 minutes just to complete, but we knew that this was our match to win.”
Junior Caroline Brigham and freshman Kwynn Ecton lost a tightly contested number two doubles matchup, losing after a tiebreaker, 8-9 (1-7).
“For doubles, I wasn’t as aggressive as I have been in past matches,” Ecton said. “If I was more aggressive the outcome would have been different.”
Sophomores Katie Krieger and Kaila Nip took the final doubles match for the Wildcats, winning, 8-5.
The Loggers bounced back from their early deficit, taking four of the six singles matches, edging out the Wildcats in the final match up of the day.
The first three singles matches were all close, each match going to three sets.
Puget Sound’s Maddie Thiesse defeated Thomas in the number one singles match, 6-1, 2-6 and 6-4.
“Individually, I was able to place the ball more into the court, whereas the past few weeks I’ve been consistently hitting the ball three inches off the singles sideline,” Thomas said. “Also, I was able to control my anger more and not get frustrated after every shot I missed.”
Brigham won in the number one singles spot for the ’Cats. After dropping the first set 4-6, the junior bounced back taking the next two 6-1 and 7-5.
The Loggers took three of the other four singles matches, defeating Nip in the number three slot 6-3, 2-6 and 7-5, Ecton in the number four position 6-2, 6-3 and Krieger in the number six matchup 6-4, 6-3. Jernstedt took the number five singles match with a win over the Logger’s Josephine Dow, 7-5, 4-6 and 7-5.
The loss drops the Wildcats’ record to 4-7, 4-3 in Northwest Conference play, while the Loggers improve to 5-3 overall and hold the same mark in conference.
The Wildcats’ next match is in Newberg, Ore., to play the George Fox Bruins at 3 p.m. March 19.
“We came back from behind in a lot of our singles matches, which was good, but it wasn’t enough to win the match as a whole,” Brigham said. “For our next match against George Fox, we just need to play confidently with a lot of energy to help us take control of the match.”
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The track and field team had another strong finish at the Wildcat Open on March 16.
Junior Anna LeBeaume moved up to second in the Linfield record books for the hammer throw with 162 feet, 10 inches. She ended in second at the meet behind the defending NAIA national champion Sharayah Kenady from Concordia University. LaBeaume also got fourth in shot put and fifth in discus.
Sophomore Halsie Peek placed on top for both 100- and 200-meter dash. Senior Melany Crocker fell behind, placing third in the 100 and fourth in the 200. Peek and Crocker, along with sophomore Ellie Schmidt and senior Rachael Gernhart won both the 4×100 and 4×400 relays, gaining a season-best, while running the four laps with 4 minutes 9.97 seconds.
“I believe that winning is driven very much by one’s mental attitude. Therefore, taking first in all four events gave me a sense of personal accomplishment,” Peek said. “I feel that I’ve achieved a goal that will further improve my mentality.”
Gernhart also brought in an individual win in the triple jump, leaping 34 feet, 4 inches.
On the men’s side, junior Jason Cheyne finished first in the 100 and second in the 200-meter dash. Senior Lester Maxwell pulled in around the corner in third place, speeding into the finish line in second for the 800-meter, with 1 minute, 56.64 seconds.
In field events, sophomore Morgunn Ewing won first place, throwing 180 feet. Senior Drew Wert placed third in shot put, with 42 feet, 5.5 inches. Freshman Steven Holland came in second for high jump, while junior Charlie Poppen came in third. This was their first time competing in this event.
“As a whole, we did really well,” Peek said. “Having a Linfield athlete place in the top four for almost every event gives us a good outlook for the rest of the season, where we will only continue to improve.”
Freshman Joy Harpham competed in her first career heptathon March 14 and 15 at the Boxer Combined Event. Harpham finished in 11th overall.
The Wildcats will next compete at the Lewis & Clark Open at 10 a.m. March 22 and 23.
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The Linfield men’s tennis team remained winless during the weekend, losing 6-3 to Puget Sound University and George Fox University on March 15 and 16.
The two losses dropped Linfield’s record to 0-9 for the season with just three conference games remaining.
The battle with Puget Sound did produce positive results from freshman Tim Hawkins. Hawkins dispatched Puget Sound’s Jake Peterson 6-4, 6-4 and also teamed up with sophomore Micah Roos for a 9-8 doubles victory. The two victories were the first of Hawkins’ collegiate singles and doubles career.
“It was an amazing feeling. It was a huge sigh of relief to finally win a doubles and singles match,” said Hawkins about his first collegiate victories.
Hawkins said his first serve was particularly effective in his doubles match, which helped set up Roos for simple finishes. In his singles match, Hawkins said his forehand was in good shape and it helped dictate the points.
Roos, the Linfield No. 2, provided the other victory against Puget Sound, winning 5-7, 7-5 and 10-8. Puget Sound’s Michael Cutter beat Linfield senior No. 1 Zach Lyons in a three set match, 1-6, 6-3 and 6-4.
With the victory, Puget Sound collected its first NWC victory of the season, which leaves Linfield as the only NWC team with a zero in the win column this season.
When asked about the overall team loss, Hawkins said, “We were pretty disappointed…we all want to win overall. I think that loss will act as motivation to continue working hard to get our first win of the season.”
Saturday’s tussle with George Fox saw Linfield win two of the three doubles matches. Roos and Hawkins teamed up again for an 8-4 victory against George Fox’s Justin McClain and Matt Deming. In the No. 1 doubles slot, Lyons and sophomore Lukas Kleinman rebounded from their 9-7 doubles on Friday and defeated their Saturday adversaries, 8-6. Kleinman continued his success against George Fox with a 6-3, 6-4 singles victory in the No. 4 slot against Chace Stalcup.
The tennis team does not have a match next week because of spring break. Its next match is April 5, and it sends the team to Portland to play Lewis & Clark (3-7, 3-5 NWC). Linfield played Lewis & Clark earlier this year and lost 7-2. Linfield has different doubles partnerships (Roos/Hawkins, Lyons/Kleinman) this time around so Lewis & Clark will see a different Linfield squad. Hawkins is confident Linfield can beat them this next time around.
“We are going to win,” Hawkins said. “We went into our first meeting with them expecting an easy match. Now we know what to expect. We are more experienced now as a team, and we really want a win so I think that we have a good shot at beating them.”
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The women’s lacrosse team struggled both offensively and defensively during its match against Smith College on March 17, losing 22-5. This makes its overall record 0-3.
In the first six minutes, the Pioneers already had a four-point lead over the Wildcats. The match began with a couple of quick plays from the Wildcats, showing a chance for strength.
Sophomore Chas Tittle was able to snatch away the opening draw control, while sophomore goalkeeper Kaleigh
Phillips blocked the first goal attempt from the Pioneers. Phillips served as a replacement for freshman Erika Phillipo, who was out on injury.
However, less than a minute later, the Pioneers scored their first goal.
Tittle and junior Shelby Duarte both contributed two goals for the Wildcats.
Sophomore Halee Helgerson scored the Wildcats’ final goal of the game.
For the remainder of the first half and the remainder of the game, the Wildcats remained scoreless.
Smith had a strong lead at the beginning of the second half, 15-5. Phillipo made 10 saves, splitting them each in half.
Senior Lynette Cole was able to scoop five ground balls for the Wildcats.
The Wildcats will next face Allegheny College at 6 p.m. March 18 on the soccer field.
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The Linfield baseball team opened the conference season with a three-game sweep of Pacific University.
The sweep stretched Linfield’s winning streak to 10 games.
The ‘Cats destroyed Pacific 10-2 and 6-1 in the March 2 doubleheader before grinding out a 4-3 victory on March 3.
Linfield now has a record of 10-1 on the season.
Sophomore Chris Haddeland fired his first career complete game in game one of the doubleheader, allowing just four hits and two runs (both unearned) and piling up a whopping 16 groundouts. He struck out eight and walked three.
Junior Jake Wylie mashed the ball all game. He picked up a hit in each of his five at-bats and accumulated five RBI and one run scored. Sophomore Corey VanDomelen went 2-4 with three runs scored, an RBI and a stolen base and senior first baseman Clayton Truex launched his first homerun of the season over the left field fence.
In game two, sophomore Aaron Thomasson tossed six innings of one-run ball before handing the ball to junior Justin Huckins for the final three innings. Thomasson moved his record to 3-0 on the young season with a .95 ERA and Huckins struck out four in his three frames.
The hitting standouts during game two of the doubleheader were juniors Nick Fisher and Tim Wilson and sophomore VanDomelen. Wilson, fresh off being named the NWC position player of the week, began the game with a hit and VanDomelen followed suit. Wilson finished 2-5 with two runs scored, while VanDomelen swiped a bag, lashed three hits, two RBI and one run scored. Fisher crushed his second homerun of the season deep over the left field fence in the second inning and finished 2-3 with a walk, two runs scored and two RBI. Both Wilson and Fisher stole two bases.
On March 3, junior Zach Brandon went eight and a third innings before junior Garett Speyer danced around danger to record the final two outs. Brandon allowed eight hits and finished with two strikeouts and zero walks.
The top of the fifth inning was key for Brandon and the Wildcat defense. A leadoff double by Pacific’s sophomore Donnie Bradley, followed by a sacrifice bunt and a hit by pitch left runners at first and third with one out. Brandon coaxed a groundball from Pacific’s Charlie Gaff, which started a 1-6-3 double play to end the inning and stifle the Pacific threat.
Linfield plated its first two runs of the game in the bottom half of the fifth inning. With two outs, Wilson and VanDomelen singled and walked, respectively and McClellan and Wylie knocked them in with back-to-back RBI singles. The other two Wildcat runs would come in the sixth inning. Senior Jordan Harlow recorded his first hit of the weekend, an RBI single that scored senior catcher Kyle Chamberlain, and Fisher drove Harlow in with a high, towering triple to deep center.
Faced with a 4-0 deficit, Pacific made things interesting in the ninth by scoring three runs, but Speyer struck out Pacific’s Michael Arakaki for the final out, stranding runners on second and third base.
Three Linfield starters are mashing with batting averages above .400 (Wylie, Fisher and junior Kramer Lindell) and Wilson and VanDomelen are reaching base at the top of the order at a clip of .440 and .469. The pitching remained dominant (just three earned runs this weekend), and the defense continued its stellar work.
Linfield will look to continue its winning ways with a nonconference game at 2 p.m. March 5 at home against Montana State-Billings before traveling to Salem, Ore., for a two-game series against Willamette on March 9 and March 10.
Tyler Bradley/ Sports columnist
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