PORTLAND, Ore. - Doubles play proved to be the difference for the Lewis & Clark women's tennis team on Saturday afternoon, as the Pioneers defeated the Puget Sound Loggers 5-4 in Northwest Conference action.
The Pioneers first doubles point came from their No. 1 pair, which consisted of Claudia Lew and Olivia Sweetman. The duo battled Marissa Friedman and Logan Thompson, pulling out an 8-6 victory. Makena McCluskey and Gillian Lowe also defated their opponents 8-6, taking on Holly Dixon and Malia Ford in the No. 2 spot.
Sweetman fought through three sets in singles action to earn the Pioneers a point. Sweetman once again dueled with Friedman, pulling out the 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 win as the Pios No. 2. Lowe played in the No. 3 singles spot, defeating Jenna Gerdsen 6-1, 6-4. McCluskey picked up the match winning point for the Pioneers, defeating Ford after three hard fought sets. McCluskey won the opening set 6-4, before slipping 6-7 in the second. With the match on the line, McCluskey pulled out a strong 6-2 win in the third set.
The Pioneers return to the court on Saturday, April 19 at 1 p.m. when they host Pacific Lutheran for their final match of the season.