CLOSING OUT THE SEASON: Pacific Lutheran women's tennis will conclude its 2012 spring season on the road in Oregon for a rematch against conference foes Pacific University and Willamette University. The Lutes will square off against the Boxers at 2 p.m. Friday in Forest Grove, Ore. followed by their final match against the Bearcats at 10:00 a.m. Saturday in Salem, Ore. The women's tennis program is in search of its first Northwest Conference victory since they defeated George Fox 5-2 back on April 2, 2010.
ROUND TWO AGAINST THE BOXERS: Pacific was sharp in both doubles and singles play in the last meeting conceding only one game in each category to the Lutes. The Boxers, who currently sit in the middle of the NWC standings, are propelled by senior Cathlene Goya who has tallied an impressive 12-4 overall singles play. Goya is also the reigning NWC student athlete of the week coming into this weekend's matches. In doubles play, Goya pairs with fellow senior Megan Yoshimoto at No. 1 doubles post an 8-4 overall doubles record this season.
SEEKING REDEMPTION AGAINST THE BEARCATS: PLU came out strong in doubles play, going 2-1 to open the first match against Willamette before dropping four of six singles matches to fall 5-4 in a tight contest last month. The Bearcats are led by senior Shannon Palmer at No. 1 singles but have seen lots of production at the No. 3 singles spot from freshman Denise Poltavski who currently boasts an 11-2 overall singles mark and is undefeated conference singles play this season.
GEORGE FOX 8, PLU 1: George Fox kept Pacific Lutheran winless in Northwest Conference women's tennis this season with an 8-1 victory over the Lutes on Friday afternoon at Sprinker Tennis Center. The Lutes, 1-14 overall and 0-10 in the conference, got their only win at No. 3 doubles where Allison McClure and Catherine Miolla teamed up for an 8-6 victory over Marissa Chau and Bethany Nguyen. George Fox improved to 7-8 overall and 2-6 in the conference.
LEWIS & CLARK 5, PLU 4: Pacific Lutheran won all three doubles points, but Lewis & Clark won five of the six singles matches to take a 5-4 Northwest Conference women's tennis win on Saturday at Sprinker Tennis Center. The Lutes, in search of their first conference win in two seasons, seemed on the verge of accomplishing that task after doubles play. Leah Newell and Tina Aarsvold beat Jill Coleman and Olivia Sweetman, 8-4, at No. 1, Cora Wigen and Valery Jorgensen topped Lisa Ospeyan and Gillian Lowe, 9-7, at No. 2, and Allison McClure and Katherine Patton defeated Makena McCluskey and Theresa Grigsby, 8-4, at No. 3. The Pioneers rallied, winning four of their five singles points with straight-set victories. Osepyan defeated Wigen 6-4, 6-1, Coleman topped Newell, 6-0, 6-3, and Lowe beat Aarsvold 6-2, 7-5, in the one through three spots. Elisa Alway topped Destiny Green, 6-4, 6-0, at No. 6. In the one singles match that went to three sets, Sweetman beat McClure, 6-3, 5-7, 6-2. PLU's lone singles win came from Catherine Miolla, who moved up one spot to No. 5 and beat Justine Minette, 6-1, 6-3. Patton, who usually plays No. 5 for the Lutes, was limited to doubles play by an injury.