PARKLAND - Pacific Lutheran continued to show improvement this season during Saturday's Northwest Conference women's tennis match against Willamette, but the Bearcats nonetheless prevailed by a 5-4 score at Sprinker Tennis Center.
Willamette is now 5-3 overall and 3-3 in the conference, while the Lutes dropped to 0-8 overall and 0-7 in the NWC.
PLU started off well, winning two of the doubles matches to take an early 2-1 advantage. Cora Wigen and Valery Jorgensen topped Emily Bee and Denise Poltavski, 8-6, in the No. 2 match, and Allison McClure and Katherine Patton beat Hailey Arnold and Elise Derby, 8-3, at No. 3.
McClure and Patton have been hard to beat as of late with victories in their last four doubles competitions. With a 4-2 season mark, that duo has the best record of any PLU singles player or doubles team.
Willamette needed to win four of the singles matches to rally past the Lutes, and it did exactly that by sweeping the top four spots. Shannon Palmer, Sabrina Gutierrez, Poltavski and Bee all won their matches in straight set.
The final two singles matches went Pacific Lutheran's way. Patton won a singles contest for the first time this season, taking Derby by a 6-3, 6-4 score. Catherine Miolla is now on a two-match winning streak following her 7-6 (7-4), 6-4 victory over Arnold.
PLU returns to conference action next Saturday when it plays Lewis & Clark at noon in Portland, Ore.
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