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The Linfield men’s tennis team ended its conference season in familiar fashion, losing 7-2 to Willamette on April 12.
Sophomore Micah Roos and freshman Tim Hawkins collected a doubles victory for the ‘Cats with a score of 8-5. This was the third victory of the year for Roos and Hawkins as a duo.
“Tim and I both do a good job of motivating each other and not letting the other person get down,” Roos said.
In singles play, the Willamette No.’s 1-5 dispatched their Linfield adversaries with ease. Linfield No. 6 sophomore Lukas Kleinman did score a 3-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-7) victory to help the ‘Cats avoid a clean singles sweep.
When asked about his response after dropping the first set, Kleinman said, “This was the first time I have ever lost the first set and come back to win so I had to battle through the thoughts of another comeback cut short.”
“Honestly, I struggled…the entire match, I’d beat him earlier this year so I knew I could beat him…When it came down to the tiebreak, my serve was unstoppable,” he added.
With the loss, the team’s record fell to 0-12 for the year.
The only remaining game on the schedule is against Cal Tech on April 28 in Pasadena, Calif.
With his thoughts on next season, Kleinman said, “We know that nothing is going to come easy. Next season starts April 29, the day after our last match.”
Linfield will lose its No. 1, senior Zach Lyons, to graduation, and sophomore Joel Trousdale will not play next year as he goes to Spain to study abroad. Everyone else on the roster, barring injuries or transfers, should return next season.
“We all had quality wins this season and instead of focusing on our overall record, we should build off what we did accomplish. We all know we have potential,” Roos said.
Kleinman echoed similar sentiments.
“The effort has been there all year…We have a lot of high character guys who have the skill set to be very solid players in this conference, and we definitely have the coaching, he said.
“There will be no excuses for not improving next year.”
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Men’s and women’s golf took the top spots in the Willamette Cup tournament April 14.
The women’s team was not able to finish the tournament for team results.
Senior Brinn Hovde tied for first with Willamette’s Mckenzie Weinhold. Both players completed the course in 86 strokes, 14 strokes above par.
Freshman Alexandria Smith came in sixth with 89 strokes.
Freshman Maggie Harlow was one stroke behind in seventh, with 90 strokes.
The men’s team finished first out of three teams at the Willamette Cup on April 14, with 295.
Host team Willamette University got second with 313 strokes.
Freshman Adam Ruben held the top spot for the Wildcats, taking first in the tournament. Ruben completed the course in 68 strokes, four below par.
Sophomore Taylor Klopp, freshman Kyle Hargave and junior Tommy Schmitz finished consecutively in third through fifth place.
Klopp finished with 74 strokes, while Hargave was one stroke behind with 75. Schmitz had one of his best finishes of the year with 78 strokes, just six above par.
Both teams will next compete at the Northwest Conference Championships on April 20 and 21, which will determine who will get an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
The men’s team will be fighting to defend its title.
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The Linfield men’s tennis team lost 9-0 and 8-1 on April 5 and 6, and it remains winless on the season (0-11 NWC record).
The team faced Lewis & Clark College (6-11, 5-7 NWC) on Friday and lost every single match. The Pioneers won the three doubles matches by the same score of 8-4. The closest singles match was a matchup of Linfield No. 4 sophomore Joel Trousdale and Lewis & Clark No. 4 Ryotaro Tokura. Tokura won the match 6-4, 6-3.
“My serve was spot on for both of the matches and that definitely helped…given the same matches again the results could be reversed,” Trousdale said.
Linfield No. 1 senior Zach Lyons lost his singles match in straight sets, 6-2, 6-4.
Pacific Lutheran University (10-5, 8-1) entered the weekend ranked No. 14 in the latest Division III West Region rankings. Lyons and sophomore Lukas Kleinman won their doubles match by a score of 8-5 to give the ‘Cats their lone weekend victory. With the win, Lyons and Kleinman improved to 4-2 on the year as a doubles duo after making the switch in the middle of the year.
The other two doubles matches ended with the familiar score of 8-4 in favor of Pacific Lutheran. The Jason Bower/Taylor Dickey duo defeated sophomore Micah Roos and freshman Tim Hawkins, while the Mitch Yanello/Jake Yannello duo defeated Trousdale and freshman Alex Mangan.
Despite Pacific Lutheran being the better team, the ‘Cats put up more of a fight in their singles matches compared to the day before against Lewis & Clark. Lyons and Kleinman pushed their matches against Pacific Lutheran’s Luke Olson and Sam Angel to three sets respectively.
Lyons won his first set 6-2 but dropped the last two sets by scores of 6-4 and 6-3. Kleinman won his first set as well, with a score of 6-3, but fell in the final two sets 6-2, 6-1.
When asked about the team’s attitude, Trousdale said, “Team morale isn’t at it’s greatest. It’s definitely hard to keep morale up after losing so much.”
He added, “I’ve definitely seen improvement so I try to focus on the positive. Grumbling about the past doesn’t help anybody.”
The ‘Cats are running out of time to score a team victory this season. They have just one remaining conference game on the schedule, and it’s against Willamette University (6-9, 6-4 NWC) at 4 p.m. April 12 in Salem. Linfield also has a match versus California Tech University on April 28.
Willamette defeated Linfield on March 2, 6-3, which is one of the closest contests the Linfield team has had this season (it also lost 6-3 to Puget Sound and George Fox). Lyons and Kleinman won their singles matches and their doubles match during the Willamette contest.
Tyler Bradley / Sports columnist
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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.
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