By Andrew Moller
It was another close one for the Pioneer women at the tennis dome on Friday against conference opponent Whitman. The two evenly matched teams fought for every point, but Whitman edged the Pios in a 5-4 victory.
Doubles action was as close and competitive as it could be today in the tennis dome. In the match with the largest margin of victory, Lisa Harunaga and Isabelle Borris squeezed out a close 8-6 win at #2 doubles. Both of the remaining two doubles matches ended in tie breaks. At #1, Amalia Nilsson and her partner Whitney Debree won by the slimmest of margins with a score of 9-8 (8-6). At the #3 spot it was a back and forth match but the Whitman duo of Hadley Debree and Kate Kunkel-Patterson pulled out the win, beating Jill Coleman and Maggie Peach 9-8 (7-5). With the Pioneers leading 2-1 the stage was set for an exciting night of competition. Singles began with two dominant performances at #1 and #3. At #1, Amalia Nilsson topped a powerful opponent in Alyssa Roberg with a 6-3, 6-1 score. Playing against her sister, Whitney Debree played a solid and consistent game to come out on top 6-3, 6-0. Going into the second round of singles play the Pios only needed one more win to clinch a victory. Unfortunately, Whitman rallied and completed an impressive comeback, winning the last three singles matches. The closest of the three came at #5 where Jill Coleman was defeated by Emily Rolston 6-3, 4-6, 6-4.
Coach Moller commented that, “This match was reminiscent of last week’s 5-4 loss to Willamette. We started ahead 2-1, but we couldn’t manage to close out the victory in singles play.” The women have a doubleheader in the tennis dome tomorrow. They face Whitworth at 10 A.M. and division 1 opponent Portland State at 4 P.M.