FOREST GROVE, Ore. – Facing its first repeat foe of the year, Linfield maintained its perfect record in women’s tennis with an 8-1 victory over Pacific in a rematch of an early-season contest Friday afternoon at the Holce Tennis Courts.
As has become customary in Northwest Conference action this season, the Wildcats (8-0, 8-0 NWC) rolled through doubles play, sweeping all three matches from the Boxers (5-4, 4-4 NWC).
Abby Olbrich and Caroline Brigham (Jr., Eagle, Idaho) started things off by crushing Cathlene Goya and Megan Yoshimoto 8-1.
Sisters Kaila and Kiana Nip downed the No. 2 Boxer duo of Lillian Do and Kelsey Trujillo 8-2. Meanwhile, Kelly Watanabe (Soph., Kirkland, Wash.) and Lexi Thomas (Sr., Redding, Calif.) teamed to stifle Amber Craviotto and Rachel Mizuno 8-2.
The ‘Cats then wrapped up the afternoon by claiming four of six singles matches.
Goya gave Olbrich all she could handle in a battle of regionally-ranked opponents in the top singles flight, but fell to her Wildcat counterpart. Olbrich, ranked fifth in the West, dropped the first set 3-6 but rallied to win the second in a tiebreaker, 7-6 (7-4). She then outlasted 18th-ranked Goya in another tiebreaker in the third set 1-0 (10-4) to get the win.
Brigham fought for a 6-2, 7-6 (7-2) victory at No. 2 singles over Yoshimoto. Kaila Nip (Soph., Lahaina, Hawaii) defeated Mizuno 6-2, 6-3 and sister Kiana tamed Trujilo 6-3, 6-0. Watanabe turned away Kelsey Lack 6-0, 6-1.
Linfield’s only loss came at No. 4 singles, where Pacific's Do picked up a point for the home team with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Thomas.
NEXT: A battle of conference unbeatens comes to McMinnville as Linfield hosts Whitworth (7-1, 6-0 NWC) Saturday afternoon. Action begins at 1 p.m.
Improves to 8-0 in singles
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