See you soon, Whitworth.
The Linfield women’s tennis team will play the Pirates in the first round of the Northwest Conference women’s tennis championships, which will be held Friday and Saturday in Walla Walla, Wash. The Wildcats gave Whitworth something to think about on Saturday with a 6-3 victory at the Rutschman Fieldhouse in Linfield’s last regular-season match.
“Great way to end the regular season,” Wildcats coach Lisa Macy-Baker said. “Great way for our seniors to go out. It’s a confidence booster going into the tourney.”
Linfield finishes the regular season with a 12-3 overall record (9-3 NWC).
The Wildcats began Saturday with a 2-1 advantage in doubles and benefited from two three-set singles victories in taking the match. Linfield’s Caroline Brigham outlasted Taylor Pena of Whitworth, 6-3, 4-6, 6-1, at No. 1 singles, and No. 4 Marisa Kume won a third-set tiebreaker to defeat Anabelle Burns of the Pirates, 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (1).
Next up for the Wildcats is a possible postseason run in Macy-Baker’s first year as the Wildcats’ head coach. The former McMinnville High School girls tennis coach is being assisted by former McMinnville coach Wes Gabrielsen, also in his first year as a college coach.
“It went really well,” Macy-Baker said. “Wes and I feel really happy about where we’re at.”