Linfield Wildcats

March 18, 2017
Wildcats tame Tigers, 5-4

McMINNVILLE, Ore. – Stepping outside their customary Northwest Conference boundaries, the Linfield Wildcats relied on two doubles victories and a clutch singles win to secure a 5-4 victory over the Colorado College Tigers at the Linfield Tennis Center on Saturday.
"I'm so proud with the way the guys fought and supported each other today,” said Linfield coach Ben Belletto. “This was a tough match and Colorado College showed a lot of fight out there. There were several momentum swings today, and we did a great job keeping our poise.”
Linfield's top doubles team of Tyler Linscott (Sr., Tucson, Ariz.) and Ben McNair (Jr., Corvallis, Ore.) secured an 8-3 victory over CC's Noah Forman and Jason Gutierrez to catapult the Wildcats to an early lead.
At No. 3, Jose Luis Rojas (Fr., Mexico City, Mexico) and John Lutaaya (Fr., Kampala, Uganda) downed Kevin Barry and Jack Benham for an 8-6 win.
The Tigers refused to go down easy, securing a decisive doubles victory at No. 2. Daniel Holland and Logan Pepperl down the Linfield tandem of Nathan Saragoza (So., Lodi, Calif.) and Charlie Farrenkopf (Sr., Lake Oswego, Ore.) 8-1.
In singles action, the Wildcats picked up three victories to keep any form of a Tiger comeback at bay.
Jacob Mangan (So., Klamath Falls, Ore.) picked the match-deciding victory for the Wildcats at No. 6 singles, defeating Benham 6-3, 6-2.
“Jake did a phenomenal job, playing with the match on the line at 4 all,” Wildcats coach Ben Belletto said. “That's the toughest situation in tennis and he excelled today.”
In his first match since returning from an injury, Linscott jumped out to a decisive first-set victory and never looked back, winning 6-1, 7-6 (6-4) over Forman at No. 1. Rojas was in control throughout, winning 6-0, 6-2 over Gutierrez at No. 2.
“Winning today shows we've matured and are competing,” said Belletto. “Tyler did a great job playing today after being out with an injury. His fitness wasn't great, but he competed hard.”
At No. 3 McNair fell to Holland 7-5, 4-6, 6-4, while Saragoza was defeated 0-6, 7-5, 6-1 at No. 4 by Pepperl. Lutaaya lost to Barry 6-1, 3-6, 6-1 at No. 5.
NEXT: The Wildcats (3-7) return to NWC action Sunday with a match against the Willamette Bearcats at the Linfield Tennis Center starting at 11 a.m.
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Jacob Mangan
Comes up big at No. 6 singles