Wildcats women's tennis bests Pacific
Courtesy of Linfield sports information
FOREST GROVE – Sweeping doubles for the fifth time this season, Linfield continued its winning ways against Northwest Conference opponents with a landslide 8-1 victory against host Pacific Saturday afternoon at the Holce Tennis Courts.
The Wildcats (8-2, 5-2 NWC) put themselves in good position to earn the point against the Boxers (2-10, 0-8 NWC) as part of the league’s round-robin-and-a-half schedule. Pacific must defeat Linfield 9-0 – or by an 8-1 margin with fewer sets lost – when the teams meet again April 11 to pick up the all-important point that factors into the team standings.
Playing together for the first time all year, Marisa Kume and Kaila Nip opened with a resounding 8-0 victory at No. 2 doubles, blanking Pacific’s Danielle Wicks and Kelly Flores.
Courtney Mostul and Gretchen Jernstedt improved to 7-0 in third-flight doubles action with an 8-2 win against Danielle Hunter and Esbeida Ramos before Caroline Brigham and Mackenzie Fraser defeated Kaitlyn Lomartire and Kelsey Lack by a score of 8-6. Linfield’s top duo rallied from a 5-6 deficit to claim the victory and secure the sweep for the Wildcats.
“Kaila and Marisa played consistently and efficiently with very few errors,” said head coach Lisa Macy-Baker. “Gretchen and Courtney’s chemistry and ability to take over the net continues to improve. After being down a break of serve most of the match, Caroline and Mackenzie jelled when needed most to come from behind once again.”
With the exception of a tough three-set loss at No. 1 singles, the ‘Cats dominated singles action, winning five flights in straight sets.
Nip pushed Linfield closer to the decisive fifth victory with a 6-0, 6-0 shutout against Wicks in second-flight singles before Jernstedt clinched the win for the visitors with her 6-1, 6-2 victory over Flores.
Lomartire supplied the sole triumph for the Boxers at No. 1 singles. Pacific’s freshman responded from a 6-4 opening-set loss to Brigham before taking the second set 5-7 to force a tiebreak third set, which the Boxer won 10-5.
Kume toppled Lack 6-1, 6-2 in third-flight singles, while Fraser came out on the winning end of a 6-1, 6-2 match against Hunter. Mostul wrapped things up with a 6-2, 6-0 win against Ramos.