by Jimmy Chau
Wins over the ITA doubles and singles champions weren’t enough as the Wildcats’ depth claims the victory over the Pioneers in McMinnville. Avenging a loss earlier in the season at the LC Tennis Dome, Linfield wins 7-2.
The comforts of home proved to be the difference again in this year’s rivalry as Linfield holds home court. The biggest highlight of the day came from LC’s star player, Amalia Nilsson how was a part of both wins from the Pioneer side. Teaming with partner Lisa Harunaga, the two knocked off the ITA doubles champs by an 8-6 tally. Both teams competed hard but a late rally by Abby Olbrich and Sallie Katter was thwarted by Nilsson and Harunaga with aggressive net play. Playing the defending ITA singles champion, Abby Olbrich, for the second time this year, Nilsson again came out on top with a very hard fought 6-3, 6-1 win. Olbrich was all over the court and wouldn’t give Nilsson anything as her grind it out and wear you down style ultimately failed in the end. The score may have indicated an easy victory but it couldn’t be further from the truth. Long rallies and numerous deuce games just went Nilsson’s way today as she stayed patient and outlasted Olbrich. Lisa Harunaga and Sallie Katter went three sets for the second time this year and unfortunately for the Pios, the result was the same, as Katter came out victorious with an odd score of 7-5, 1-6, 1-0 (10-4).
The Pioneers were 3-1 this weekend and next look forward to matches in Hawaii over Spring break versus some Division I and II schools.