Lutes Host Conference Foes from Oregon This Weekend
This Week: Pacific Lutheran (0-4 overall, 0-3 Northwest conference) hosts Lewis & Clark (1-0), Friday, 3 p.m.; PLU hosts Pacific (1-2), Saturday, 1 p.m.
LUTES HOST CONFERENCE FOES FROM OREGON THIS WEEKEND: The Pacific Lutheran women's tennis team will host Lewis & Clark this Friday and the Pacific University Boxers on the following day. L&C (1-0) is riding the shoulders of two-time NWC Player of the Year, Amalia Nilsson, this season. Nilsson is 1-0 this season, winning her only match so far in three sets. The Pioneers defeated Pacific last weekend, 8-1. The Boxers (1-2) have already handed the Lutes one loss this season as their No. 1 tandem of Cat Goya and Rachel Mizuno defeated Ashley Coats and Cora Wigen, coming back from three sets down to force a tiebreaker and take the victory from 9-8. Goya leads the Boxers, playing at both No. 1 positions for singles and doubles.
LUTES FALL TO WHITWORTH, WHITMAN: Pacific Lutheran saw its season record fall to 0-4 when it lost a pair of 9-0 Northwest Conference women's tennis matches to Whitworth and Whitman on a weekend trip east of the mountains. On Friday afternoon, defending conference champion Whitworth dispatched the Lutes in quick fashion. The Pirates lost only four doubles games, the closest coming at No. 2 where Mya Towne and Erica Bosman held off Heidi Weston and Kristina Aarsvold, 8-3. Cora Wigen battled Alli Marshall at No. 2 singles before falling, 6-3, 7-6 (3). Other than that singles match, the host Pirates dropped only seven games in five singles matches. Less than 24 hours later the Lutes found themselves battling Whitman in Walla Walla. The Missionaries improved their season and conference records to 2-0 with the sweep of the Lutes. Pacific Lutheran's Ashley Coats and Wigen battled to a tie-breaker at No. 1 doubles before dropping a 9-8 (3) decision to Hadley DeBree and Divneet Kaur. At No. 2 doubles, Emily Rolston and Alyssa Roberg bested Weston and Aarsvold by a score of 8-4. Kate Kunkel-Patterson and Charlotte Scott posted an 8-4 victory at No. 3 doubles, downing Ali Burnside and Caitlyn Hoerr. Roberg, playing the first singles match of her college career, slipped past Coats at No. 1 by scores of 6-0, 6-2. DeBree got past Burnside 6-2, 6-3 at No. 2, and Kaur scored a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Aarsvold at No. 3. The decisions in the remaining singles matches were close. Rolston beat Weston, 6-3, 7-5 at No. 4, and Scott switched those scores for a 7-5, 6-3 win over Krista Fredricks at No. 6. Kunkel-Patterson was the winner at No. 5 singles, outpointing Hoerr, 6-1, 6-4.
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