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McMINNVILLE, Ore. – An upset over regionally-ranked Willamette was not in the cards for Linfield as the Wildcats fell 7-2 in their final Northwest Conference match Friday afternoon at the Linfield Tennis Center.
The No. 11 Bearcats (11-5, 10-1 NWC) swept all three doubles flights and four of six singles matches en route to the victory over the ‘Cats (6-8, 5-7 NWC).
For Linfield, the match highlight was seeing Mark Magdaong become Linfield’s all-time leader in career singles victories (54) with his win over Michael Baumgartner in straight sets 6-4, 6-4.
“Mark continues to impress with his singles play and was solid in knocking off a tough competitor,” said head coach Carl Swanson.
Matt Hipperson, seeing varsity action for only the second time this season, provided the other bright spot for the home team. He earned the No. 6 singles victory over Will Cooper 6-2, 6-1.
Willamette won the remaining singles matches, all in straight sets. No. 2 player Joshua Wong topped Tal DeWitt 6-4, 6-0. Cody Ferguson earned the 6-4, 6-1 decision over Brent Kingzett. Matthew Houser prevailed over Tim Wagar 6-4, 6-2 and Garrett Vincent defeated Zachery Lyons 6-4, 6-3.
In doubles action, No. 1 Baumgartner and Houser soundly defeated Magdaong and Kingzett 8-3. The second flight was the most hotly contested, as Wong and Ferguson won 9-8 (7-4) over DeWitt and Lyons. Vincent and Cameron Thompson took the third match from Wagar and Tim Rapport by a score of 8-6.
Linfield, which needed a win to clinch the final berth in the Northwest Conference tournament, was forced to reshuffle its lineup due to illness. Cody Levien, who has paired with Wagar at the No. 2 doubles position for the last four matches, was out with mononucleosis.
“In doubles we had to adjust our lineups and we fought for it, but came up short,” Swanson said. “Rapport and Wagar gave a great effort in teaming up for the first time in a dual match. Hipperson stepped into the lineup and got the job done today in singles.”
But at the end of the day, the season draws to a close for the Linfield men’s tennis club.
“We had an opportunity today to assure a berth in the conference championships, but now our fate is out of our hands,” Swanson said. “The lesson to be learned from this season is seize the moment in the moment and take control of the outcome.”
NEXT: Though the season is over for the team, selected Wildcats will compete at the Ojai Tournament April 29-30.
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