McMINNVILLE, Ore. – A decent start in doubles didn't carry over to singles as the Whitman Missionaries swamped the undermanned Linfield Wildcats 9-0 in the Northwest Conference men's tennis opener for both schools Friday afternoon at the Linfield Tennis Center.
Linfield (0-1 0-1 NWC) competed with just five players against the defending NWC champs. Injuries have sidelined several eligible players, forcing the Wildcats to surrender default points at the bottom of the singles and doubles ladder.
Linfield began the match competitively at No. 1 doubles. New pairing Lukas Kleinman (Jr., Vancouver, Wash.) and Kelsey Rosborough (Fr., Silverton, Ore.) battled the Whitman duo of Andy Riggs and Joake Hoeger before falling 8-5.
“Lukas and Kelsey set a good tone for the team today,” said Wildcats coach Carl Swanson. “They held their ground and went after the challenge head on with great fight and solid fundamentals in doubles and singles.”
In singles play, Riggs blanked Roos, 6-0, 6-0 at No. 1 while Petar Jivkov defeated Rosborough 6-2, 6-2 at No. 2. Kleinman put up a fight at No. 3 singles, yet dropped a 6-0, 6-4 result to Hoeger at No. 3, and Rivers handled Hawkins 6-3, 6-0 at No. 4. In the other singles pairing, Whitman's Silverton downed Nick Konen (Soph., Beaverton, Ore.) by matching 6-0, 6-0 scores.
“I thought Nick and Micah and did a good job of contesting points and making their presence felt on the court and forcing their opponents to come up with a better ball,” said Swanson. “Tim is working hard to raise his game and he dialed in his serve in singles, so he can build off of that effort.”
NEXT: Linfield hosts NWC foe Whitworth Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Linfield Tennis Center.
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