by Jimmy Chau
New doubles lineups work in Willamette’s favor as the Bearcats take two out of three doubles matches and go on to take the match by a 6-3 count.
Continuing to play strong as LC’s new number one doubles team, Amalia Nilsson and Lisa Harunaga team up to take down Natalia Agarycheva and Fabi Dieguez. Only a couple games would decide the number two and three doubles flights on this Easter Sunday. After dropping the third doubles flight 8-6, Jill Coleman and Isabelle Borris took Shannon Palmer and Alyssa Morrison to the limit but ultimately fell 9-7 as the Bearcat pair took control of the match with more aggressive play and tough shots in the clutch. Down 2-1, the Pios looked to rally and were able to tie up the match with dominating wins at the number two and number four positions. Lisa Harunaga played one of her most complete matches of the year as she took down Shannon Palmer 6-3, 6-1. Earlier in the year, the two went three grueling sets with Harunaga coming out on top there also. Isabelle Borris went into her match determined to hit the Pios back into contention and she did so with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Dieguez. Relatively few errors and aggressive baseline play seemed to be key in her win. After evening up the score, the Pioneers couldn’t muster up any more victories as one by one, the Bearcats were able to dispatch their opponents. Playing in her last home match, Morrison would win her second close match of the day, outdueling Coleman 6-2, 2-6, 7-5 in the last match of the day.
The ladies head to eastern Washington to play defending champion, Whitworth, at 3:30 pm on April ninth.