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TACOMA, Wash. – The Pacific Lutheran University women's tennis squad closed out the 2018 season and Head Coach Lorrie Wood's tenure with the Lutes on Sunday, suffering a nailbiting 6-3 setback to non-league foe College of Idaho at the Sprinker Recreation Center.
"The team finished strong today even though we came up short on the scorebaord and the Coyotes were the better team today," said Head Coach Lorrie Wood. "However I am proud of the way my team competed today and has competed all season. Senior Caroline Dreher finished very strong, winning 2 of our 3 points from her doubles with Hannah Jeffries and her singles. Kylie Rademacher fought hard at #6 to earn the other point. It's been a great year of working hard to get better each day and seeing the results of that hard work materialize as we compete. This team plays with such heart, I know they will continue to strive to be the best they can be and have a blast together in the process."
Caroline Dreher, one of two seniors playing their final matches, won both her matches on the day. Dreher teamed up with Hannah Jeffries to down The Coyotes (1-6) Hailey Boyd and Sydney Ewing, 8-2, at No. 1 doubles. As an encore, Dreher was flawless at No. 1 singles, breezing to the 6-0, 6-0, win to cap off a stellar career.
Kylie Rademacher pulled out the, 6-1, 6-0, victory at No. 6 while Kristi Floyd and Lauren Kearney both fell by razor thin margins. Floyd was upended, 7-5, 7-6 (7-5) at No. 4 while Kearney fell, 6-2, 5-7, 1-0 (10-8) at the No. 5 position.
Calliope Peet, the Lutes only other senior, fell, 6-0, 6-4, to Ewing in an exhibition match. The match was also the final under the direction of Head Coach Lorrie Wood who has made a tremendous impact on the PLU tennis program in her 11 years at the helm.
"My 11 years at PLU have been very rewarding. I always wanted to coach at the collegiate level someday. Well someday came 11 years ago when a friend, former head coach Janel Broderson, asked me if she could give Laurie Turner my name because she needed to step out of coaching and wanted to recommend someone to take her place. So I applied for the position and 11 years later.... I am grateful. Grateful for the opportunity to have gotten to know so many amazing Lutes. Grateful to have been a part of a program with the rich legacy of Frosty Westering's striving to be the best you can be and being kind and gracious along the way. Grateful for the relationships with my players and assistant coaches that began on the tennis courts but will hopefully continue a lifetime. So thank you PLU, but mostly thank you PLU Women's Tennis Team players. I will miss the fun times we've had at practices, matches and on road trips. There are so many unforgettable memories I will treasure.You have all made a great impact on my life. It's a Great Day to be a Lute!"
The Lutes close the season with a 3-16 record, including a 2-6 mark in Northwest Conference play.