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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.
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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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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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It was a day for the record books for the women’s track and field team at the Jenn Boyman Memorial Invitational held at Maxwell Field on April 6.
Sophomore Hannah Greider set the 10th best 5,000-meter time in Linfield history with a time of 18:12.99, and freshman Rachael Gernhart posted the eighth best mark in Linfield history in the triple jump, spanning 35 feet and one and three quarter inches.
Leading the way for the women were the relay teams, with the 4×400 meter and 4×100 meter relay teams both taking first place. In the other sprinting events, sophomore Halsie Peek finished second in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.43 seconds and third in the 200-meter, running a 26.24 seconds.
In the throwing events, junior Anna LeBeaume finished second in the discus, throwing for a mark of 35.63 meters, and first in shot put, 12.65 meters and hammer throw, 45.52 meters. Junior Courtney Alley finished third in the discus with a throw of 34.54 meters.
Junior Siena Noe finished out the top-three finishes for the women’s team in the 5,000-meter, finishing third with a time of 19:02.61.
For the men, senior Lester Maxwell placed first in the 800-meter. Maxwell ran the fastest time recorded for any Northwest Conference competitor, running the two laps in 1:55.28.
“All of those boys work really hard and have had a lot of external influences, like injury, that have kind of been holding them back so it’s great getting to see them compete well,” Alley said.
The ’Cats showed their dominance in the throwing events with senior Drew Wert and freshman Stephan Hordes taking the top two spots in the shot put with throws of 13.31 and 12.96 meters. Sophomore Morgan Ewing took the top spot in the javelin, throwing 51.50 meter and senior Kyle Pfeifer placed third in the hammer throw, tossing the object 48.91 meters.
The next meet for the Wildcats is the Pacific Luau meet scheduled for April 13 in Forest Grove, Ore. The first event starts at 10 a.m.
“Its always impressive to see people post qualifying standards or season’s best times or distances when the weather is not conducive to competing,” Maxwell said.
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The Wildcat golf teams got off to their second tournament of the year, participating in the Pacific Spring Invitational at The Reserve Vineyards and Golf Club’s South Course on March 9 and 10.
The men’s team, coming off a rough final round at Callaway Gardens Intercollegiate, posted the third lowest round March 9, the first day of competition at the Pacific Spring Invitational.
The team was led by junior A.J. Taylor, who shot a 75, and was placed in fifth overall with one day left.
“Our team is solid and performing well,” Taylor said. “There is good competition, however, which means we need to perform and show up to each and every tournament if we want to win.”
The Wildcats took control of the invitational on March 10.
Led by sophomore Taylor Klopp’s 73, the Wildcats won the tournament with an overall score of 612.
Klopp shot the lowest two rounds for the team, placing third overall in the tournament with a 150.
Sophomore Taylor Pirnke finished in 10th with a 154.
Freshman Adam Ruben shot the third lowest score for the ’Cats with a 155, finishing in 11th.
Sophomore Ryan Nolan and Taylor both shot 158, leaving them tied for 17th.
The Wildcats fielded a second team, finishing fifth in the tournament with a score of 640. This group of five finished ahead of conference foes Willamette University, Pacific University and Lewis and Clark University.
The women’s team had a different experience at the Pacific Spring Invitational.
After taking the top two individual places at the Pacific Lutheran Invitational on March 3, the Wildcats fared differently.
The ’Cats placed seventh at the seven-team Pacific Spring Invitational, shooting an 816.
Junior Alexandria Smith was a standout for the Wildcats, as she placed seventh overall, shooting an 167 on the weekend, the top finish by any athlete not from George Fox.
Senior Brinn Hovde was right behind Smith, shooting a 168, tying for eighth.
The women’s next tournament is the George Fox Spring Preview on March 24 at the Oregon Golf Association Golf Course. The men hit the greens March 25 at the West Cup at Goose Creek Golf Club.
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