Linfield Wildcats
March 09, 2014
'Cats riding high after sweeping Cowgirls

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. – Linfield gets to resume Northwest Conference action with an air of confidence after drubbing Hardin-Simmons 9-0 in a neutral-court match Sunday afternoon at the Rancho Las Palmas Resort tennis courts.

The Wildcats (4-2) swept doubles and singles by impressive margins in most cases, save for a couple of three-set bouts at Nos. 2 and 4 singles.

Caroline Brigham and Mackenzie Fraser (So., Salem, Ore.) had the toughest fight of the doubles flights in the top-tier match, defeating Genene Haddad and Jasmine Briant by a close 8-6 score. Kelly Watanabe (Sr., Kirkland, Wash.) and Kaila Nip (Sr., Lahaina, Hawaii) toppled twins Hannah and Jenna Smith 8-4, while Courtney Mostul (So., Sherwood, Ore.) and Gretchen Jernstedt (Sr., Wilsonville, Ore.) handled Alynna Phouthakhio and Kacie Berutti 8-3.

Brigham, Watanabe, Jernstedt and Fraser won their respective singles matches in straight sets. Brigham again bested Haddad, this time 6-3, 6-1 at in the top flight, while Watanabe defeated Jenna Smith 6-2, 6-4. Jernstedt earned the 6-4, 6-0 victory over Phouthakhio and Fraser nearly blanked Berutti 6-1, 6-1.

Nip and Marisa Kume (So., Nagoya, Japan) both rallied from opening-set losses to gut out the points in the second and fourth singles flights, respectively. Nip came back against Hannah Smith 4-6, 6-1, 8-2 as Kume pushed past Briant 1-6, 7-6 (7-4), 8-6.

The Hardin-Simmons Cowgirls dropped to 1-3 on the year.

AHEAD: Linfield plays host to George Fox and Lewis & Clark in back-to-back matches Friday and Saturday. The Wildcats and Bruins face off at 4 p.m.

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Kaila Nip
Rallies for three-set singles victory

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