Pioneer Women's Tennis Continue Their Strong Start
By Jimmy Chau
PORTLAND, ORE.- It was another impressive win for the Pioneers on the road. The Pios traveled up to Tacoma to play the Lutes in a match played at two different venues. The women took their momentum from three doubles victories and took five of the six singles matches on the night to finish on top 8-1.
Jill Coleman and Macrina Sharpe had the most competitive and exciting match at number three doubles as the pair had to come back from an early 4-2 deficit against Caitlyn Hoerr and Deanna Ellmer to take the point for the Pios. Amalia Nilsson and Whitney DeBree recaptured some of last season’s magic with their first win together this year. Lisa Harunaga and Isabelle Borris rolled to a convincing 8-2 win. In their five singles victories, no Pio gave up more than three games in any set. The lady Pios gave up their lone point in a three set thriller at number five singles. Sharpe started out well and took the first set 6-4, but a spirited comeback by Heidi Weston evened the match at a set a piece. With both teams watching, the two battled into extra time where Weston came out on top in a super tie-break for the third set, 12-10. Coach Tilmanis was excited by the spirit of his team and their play on the court but reminded them that there is a lot of tennis yet to be played this season.
The Pios take on an always tough Linfield Wildcat team at the LC Tennis Dome at 11 am on Saturday morning.