THIS WEEKEND: Pacific Lutheran will travel to Oregon in search of its first conference victory against Lewis & Clark, the only scheduled match for the weekend. The Lutes have struggled trying to find the elusive first win this season, going 0-7 in Northwest Conference matches but hope to snap that streak against an equally winless Pioneers side. PLU will square off with Lewis & Clark at noon this Saturday in Portland, Ore.
GETTING TO KNOW THE PIONEERS: Lewis & Clark sits only one spot above Pacific Lutheran at eighth in the NWC standings early this season and will be equally hungry for a win this Saturday. The Pioneers have struggled in both singles and doubles play thus far, but are led at No. 1 singles by freshman Lisa Osepyan who holds a 1-2 singles record in the top spot and is 2-4 overall against NWC opponents. At No. 2 doubles, Osepyan teams up with fellow freshman Gillian Loweto form the Pios' most productive doubles team at 3-2 in conference play. Lewis & Clark has only managed 7 singles victories and 4 doubles victories in conference this season.
PACIFIC 7, PLU 2: In a Northwest Conference women's match that last five hours Friday, the visiting Pacific Boxers survived a doubles tiebreaker and a pair of three-set singles matches to defeat Pacific Lutheran, 7-2, at Sprinker Tennis Center. The Lutes picked up a point in doubles play and came a tiebreaker away from another win. Allison McClure and Katherine Patton made it three straight wins at No. 3 doubles with a 9-7 victory over Rachel Mizuno and Amber Crariotto. The No. 1 doubles match came down to a tiebreaker and Pacific's Cat Goya and Megan Yoshimoto survived a challenge from Leah Newell and Tina Aarsvold before prevailing, 9-8 (7-2). The No. 2 doubles match went to Pacific's Kelsey Trujillo and Lillian Do over Cora Wigen and Valery Jorgensen, 8-3. Catherine Miolla was PLU's winner in singles, defeating Kelsey Lack, 7-5, 6-2, at No. 6. Two of the other matches went to three sets, and in both cases the Pacific player rallied from a set down. At No. 2 it was Yoshimoto coming from behind to beat Wigen, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2, and at No. 3 Mizuno beat Aarsvold, 4-6, 6-1, 6-3. Pacific's Goya, Trujillo and Do all won their singles matches in straight sets.
WILLAMETTE 5, PLU 4: 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. 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.