FOREST GROVE, Ore. – The Lewis & Clark women’s tennis team opened the season in grand style, with the Pioneers taking down the Pacific Boxers 8-1 at the Holce Tennis Courts on Saturday afternoon.
The Pioneers are now 1-0 on the season and in Northwest Conference action, while the Boxers fall to 1-2 in both conference and on the season.
Two-time NWC Player of the Year, Amalia Nilsson, opened her season with a victory over Cat Goya, taking her down in three sets (2-6, 6-4, 6-4). Lisa Harunaga returned to the Pioneers line-up in grand style after studying abroad last season, defeating Megan Yoshimoto in straight sets (6-4, 7-6). Whitney DeBree, playing from the No. 3 spot, earned a 6-3, 6-4 win over Dayna Wong, while freshman Isabelle Borris opened her collegiate career with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Rachel Mizuno.
At the No. 5 singles spot, freshman Macrina Sharpe came out strong in her first collegiate competition, blanking Stephanie Velligas in the opening set, 6-0, before picking up a 6-3 win in the second set. Jill Coleman closed out the singles sweep for the Pios, earning a dominating 6-1, 6-1 win over Dawn Greene.
The Boxers were able to pick up their one point in doubles play, with Goya and Yoshimoto defeating the team of Nilsson and DeBree in No. 1 doubles (8-3). Harunaga and Borris teamed up to take down Mizuno and Michelle Soga, 8-2, from the No. 2 spot, while Coleman and Maggie Peach earned an 8-3 win from the No. 3 position.
The Pioneers return to the courts on Friday, Feb. 19 at 3:30 p.m. when they hit the road to take on Pacific Lutheran.
Women's Tennis Opens Season With 8-1 Victory