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MCMINNVILLE, Ore. - Caroline Dreher picked up a three-set victory at No. 1 singles but it wasn't enough as the Pacific Lutheran University women's tennis squad fell 8-1 to nationally-ranked Linfield College inside the Rutschman Field House.
"I was proud of the way the team fought hard and made their opponents fight for every point," said Head Coach Lorrie Wood. "Caroline had a great match, making a great comeback after dropping the first set."
The host Wildcats (11-3, 7-1 Northwest Conference) entered the match ranked 27th nationally and sixth in the West Region and seized an early lead after winning all three doubles matches. Lauren Kearney and Kristi Floyd were a menace at No. 3 doubles, hanging tough in an 8-4 defeat.
In singles, Dreher regrouped after dropping the opening set, securing the, 1-6, 6-2, 6-1, victory over Marisa Doveri at No. 1. Emily Bower extended her match to three sets at No. 2 but ultimately fell, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 while Megan Beyers suffered a, 7-5, 6-2, setback at No. 3.
The Lutes (2-11, 1-8 NWC) remain in Oregon, facing Pacific University tomorrow at 10 a.m.