PORTLAND, Ore. – Starting out her senior season on the right foot, Linfield’s Caroline Brigham (Jr., Eagle, Idaho) advanced to the semifinals in both singles and doubles action at the 2013 USTA/ITA Northwest Regional Tennis Championships. The three-day tournament, hosted by Lewis & Clark both on campus and at the Tualatin Hills Parks & Recreation District, wrapped up Monday afternoon.
Brigham won a total of seven matches – four singles and three doubles – as the third seed in both competitions. After opening with a whitewash 6-0, 6-0 victory over Samantha Lockwood of Whitworth, she cruised through the next two rounds, dropping just three games in total.
“Caroline held her seed and solidified the fact that she’s one of the top players in the Northwest Conference,” said first-year head coach Lisa Macy-Baker.
In the quarterfinals, Brigham overcome another Pirate, eighth-seeded Taylor Pena, by a score of 6-4, 6-2 to set up a showdown with one of her biggest conference foes.
Whitman’s Courtney Lawless, the Northwest Conference singles champion a season ago, bested Brigham again on Monday, topping the Wildcat senior 6-1, 6-1. The top-seeded Missionary went on to win the tournament and earn a spot in the small college national championships, held in Florida during the month of October.
Lawless and her twin sister, Morgan, also turned back Brigham and her doubles partner, freshman Mackenzie Frazer, in the doubles semifinal by a count of 8-2. The top-seeded sister duo won the doubles final over Whitworth’s Pena and Sarah Mooney.
Brigham and Fraser, ranked third and competing together for the first time, reached the semifinal round after picking up three early-round victories, including an 8-0 shutout over Pacific Lutheran’s Megan Byers and Emily Bower and a 8-6 quarterfinal win over fifth-seeded Nicole Hulzinga and Claudia Lew of Lewis & Clark.
“For Mackenzie to make it to Monday her freshman year demonstrates her doubles savvy,” Macy-Baker said.
A total of 12 Wildcats competed at the championships. Taking into consideration the consolation-round competitions, 11 Linfield players won a match over the three days.
Other Wildcat highlights included a second-round upset of sixth-seeded Jenna Dobrin and Allie Wallin (Whitman) by Kaila Nip (Soph., Lahaina, Hawaii) and Gretchen Jernstedt (Soph., Wilsonville, Ore.). Nip, ranked seventh, and Jernstedt also won their opening-round singles matches. Nip topped Willamette’s Nebraska Lucas while Jernstedt claimed a three-set victory over Pacific’s Francesca Hattaglia.
Katie Krieger (Soph., McMinnville, Ore.) and Lauren Seki also won their first respective singles matches before each ran into ranked opponents in the second round.
Wins seven combined singles and doubles matches
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