Linfield Wildcats
March 15, 2014
Short-handed 'Cats still compete hard

PORTLAND, Ore. – Getting strong play from its doubles and higher performance in singles gave the Linfield Wildcats a measure of satisfaction, despite an 8-1 Northwest Conference setback to the Lewis & Clark Pioneers Saturday at the LC Tennis Dome.

Felding an undermanned roster, the Wildcats conceded two points to the Pioneers from the start. With only five players available, Linfield defaulted the No. 3 doubles and No. 6 singles points to Lewis & Clark. The 'Cats were forced to leave No. 6 singles man Nick Konen behind in McMinnville as attended to a required academic commitment.

That didn't dampen the short-handed Wildcats' effort and enthusiasm, according to coach Carl Swanson.

“The guys played hard today,” he said. “Lukas (Kleinman) and Kelsey (Rosborough) were sharp in their execution and they overwhelmed a very talented team in the top doubles spot today.”

Linfield earned its lone team point at No. 1 doubles, where Kleinman and Rosborough paired for an 8-5 decision over L&C's Michael Brewer and Cameron Smith. In the other doubles matchup, Morgan Joyce and Daniel Hahm topped the Linfield duo of Tim Hawkins (Jr., Boise, Idaho) and Micah Roos (Sr., Port Angeles, Wash.) 8-3.

Lewis & Clark prevailed in straight sets in four of the five singles flights, the exception being No. 2 where Rosborough waged a mighty battle with Joyce before falling in a tiebreaker 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-2).

In other singles pairings, Ross beat Roos 6-4, 6-1 at No. 1, Ben Sands handed Kleinman a 6-2, 6-4 defeat at No. 3, Parker Nichols was a 6-2, 6-1 winner over Hawkins at No. 4, and Carter Gee-Taylor earned a 6-1, 6-0 win over Alec Wisthoff (So., Sherwood, Ore.) at No. 5.

“Micah performed at higher level in singles today,” praised Swanson. “Kelsey and Lukas were knocking on the door and are still looking to make the most of their opportunities in singles.”

NEXT: Linfield begins a string of five consecutive home matches Friday when the ‘Cats host Spokane Community College at 3 p.m.

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Kelsey Rosborough
Sharp in No. 1 doubles

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