by Jimmy Chau
After a string of five losses to Division I and II teams, the women’s tennis team gets back into the win column with a come from behind win after topping Pacific Lutheran University. Taking five out of six singles matches, the Pios rally for a 6-3 win at the LC Tennis Dome.
Playing without a couple standouts in the doubles flights, the Pioneers quickly fell in a hole against the charged up Lutes. Isabelle Borris and Maggie Peach were the only pair to tally a point for the Pios as they broke open a tight match with aggressive cross court shots and aggressive volleys to close out the match, 8-4. Pacific Lutheran would take charge as they mounted two 7-4 leads in the first and third flights of doubles. The Pios would rally in both matches but ultimately fell 8-6 at one doubles and 9-8 (7-3) in the third flight. The Pioneers hadn’t won a match all season after being down after doubles, but Amalia Nilsson would quickly start the rally with a 6-0, 6-0 win against Ashley Coats. Isabelle Borris followed suit with a 6-0, 6-1 win and Whitney DeBree avenged an earlier loss this season to Cora Wigen by pulling out a close 6-4, 6-4 win. Still needing a point to secure the victory, Jill Coleman played the role of clincher by winning 6-0, 6-2 by playing an aggressive yet smart match at number four singles. Having already clinched the match, senior Maggie Peach rallied for a good personal victory at #5 singles after dropping the first set 6-4. Mixing up her serves and developing her slice drop shots, she was able to come back to take the second set by a convincing 6-1 mark and continued to ride her momentum into the third set tie-breaker by winning 10-6.
The Pioneers next travel down to Salem, OR. to take on the Willamette Bearcats in a rare Wednesday match at 4 pm.