Hawaiian Trip Ends Strongly For Pioneers
by Jimmy Chau
Hawaiian trip ends on a positive note as the Pioneers have their best showing yet against another Division II team. The Pioneers fell 6-3 to the Vulcans from the University of Hawaii-Hilo.
Playing their fifth match in five days, the Pios continued to show signs of improvement as they got their first doubles win of the trip. Isabelle Borris and Jill Coleman salvaged a point in doubles when they pulled out an 8-6 win in the number three flight. Up 7-6 and down love-40, the pair almost let Madison Wells and Kaylene Peric back into the match, but deft angle drop shots produced five straight points and the win for the Pioneers. Heading into singles action, the Pios were confident that they could compete this team. Team leaders Amalia Nilsson and Lisa Harunaga had a difficult time figuring out the defensive and retrieving style of Christie Pagatpatan and Justine Abella and lost in fairly convincing fashion. In the numbers three and four flights, it was the opposite story as the Pioneers were the ones who were more steady with their grind ‘em out game. Whitney DeBree dropped the first set 6-3 to big serving Anna Hamlin but was determined to outlast her in a match of wills. DeBree ultimately won out after being up 5-2 in the second set and Hamlin deciding that she would have to retire from exhaustion. Isabelle Borris followed her strong net play in doubles with an equally impressive display of deep ground strokes and uncanny ability to get to every ball. Paige Earhart continued her strong play on the island but lost a tight match 7-6 (5), 6-4 to Kaylene Peric for the last match of the day. The team was excited about their showing against all the higher division teams and look forward to using their experiences as motivation to perform at an even higher level.
The women have a free day on Oahu before they travel back home to play Pacific Lutheran University at 1 pm on Saturday afternoon.