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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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With nine returning members and a total team of 12, this is one of the smallest teams women’s tennis has seen in a few years.
“Typically we have two teams, but we didn’t have enough members this year to split in two,” sophomore Katie Krieger said. “It’s nice to have everyone on one team, practicing together, because we can see each other play and grow as a team.”
In the past, red and purple teams have divided competing and non-competing members. However, with the smaller numbers this year, a combined team has allowed all members the opportunity to compete.
“With a smaller team, we can get more individual attention from our coaches and improve as players,” Jernstedt said in praise of her team.
With two coaches, head coach Amy Dames Smith and assistant coach Brint Kingzett, the players will certainly get the support they desire.
“We have two amazing coaches. They’re both really helpful and have definitely led to my improvement these past two years,” Krieger said.
With one player back from an injury and another cleared after suffering from bronchitis, this weekend looks like it could turn out to be the comeback the Wildcats need to propel them toward the league championship.
The team fought for its first wins while at home Feb. 23 and 24. The Wildcats defeated Whitworth University, 5-4 on Feb. 24 and George Fox University 7-2 on Feb. 23.
Women’s tennis hosted Pacific Lutheran University in its second league match of the season Feb. 15. A close loss at 4-5 marks a rocky season for the experienced team. This fourth match of the season is its fourth consecutive loss.
Even so, there is still hope that the season will turn around soon.
“Our first two matches [against Portland State and Santa Cruz] don’t count toward our league championship chances so there is still time to improve and have a great season,” sophomore Gretchen Jernstedt said.
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The Wildcat women’s tennis team won its fourth consecutive match March 2 against the Bearcats from Willamette University, winning seven of the nine matches.
The two losses for the Wildcats came in the two top spots.
Senior Lexi Thomas lost in two sets to Willamette’s Denise Poltavski 6-3, 6-2.
In the number one singles match-up Thomas and sophomore Gretchen Jernstedt were defeated by a score of 4-8.
The rest of the Wildcats would not drop a set, winning the other seven matches.
In doubles play, junior Caroline Brigham and freshman Kwynn Ecton took down the Bearcats number two doubles tandem, 8-4.
Sophomores Kaila Nip and Kelly Watanabe took care of the third Willamette doubles pair with a clean sweep, 8-0.
The Wildcats took five of the six singles matches. Brigham took the number two singles match in the tightest contest of the day 6-0, 7-5.
Nip won the number three singles match 6-2, 6-1. Ecton took the number four spot 6-3, 6-4.
Watanabe and Jerntedt took the number six and seven slots, both winning 6-1, 6-1.
Sophomore Erin Crofcheck has been out on injury.
The win on March 2 leaves the Wildcats with a 4-4 record, 4-2 in league.
The Wildcats travel south to southern California for their next matchups.
The Wildcats will take on La Verne at 3 p.m. on March 9, before meeting up with Sewanee: The University of the South at 10 a.m. on March 10.
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The Wildcats women’s basketball team wrapped up the 2012-13 season with a win over Northwest Conference foe Willamette University on Feb. 19 at the Ted Wilson Gymnasium.
Prior to the game, Linfield senior Nicole Barton was honored as the Wildcats’ lone senior on senior night.
The scoring started low for both teams, with only one basket scored in the first three minutes by Wildcats’ sophomore Katelyn Henson. At the 17-minute mark, the ’Cats started their run, extending their two-point lead to five points with 14 minutes left.
“Jumping out to an early lead is always a good indicator of how the overall game will go,” Henson said. “We set the tempo and were able to keep control of the outcome.”
The trend continued for the remainder of the first half, as the Wildcats left to the locker room with a 14-point lead, 34-20. The ’Cats scoring was helped out largely by the bench, who contributed 11 points. The Wildcats out-shot the Bearcats 47-21 percent.
With a healthy lead, the Wildcats took control of the court in the second half and continued with their success. Aided by a 41 field goal percentage in the half, the ’Cats showed their dominance, taking the game by a final score of 66-45.
Junior Kaely Maltman led the Wildcats in scoring with 15 points and shooting six of seven from the field. Henson and Maltman each added seven additional rebounds.
“I felt like collectively, as a team, we were even across the scoreboard,” Henson said. “I also thought that we played great defense and didn’t let them get many second chance shots.”
This was the third win of the season for the Wildcats, who finished with a final record of 3-19.
“Going out on a win was the perfect way to wrap up a season like this,” Henson said. “Although our record doesn’t show it, we have grown immensely over the past few months as a team, and I have no doubt that we will continue to improve as the 2013-14 season rolls in.”
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Photo by Ivanna Tucker/Sports editor