The Pioneers are victorious in their conference opener against the Linfield Wildcats

The Pioneers are victorious in their conference opener against the Linfield Wildcats

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Lewis & Clark College Pioneers win their conference opener of the season against the Linfield Wildcats with a final score of 6-3. Although most matches were close, the Pioneers kept the momentum throughout the day, and were able to shut out the Wildcats.

After the last matchup against the Wildcats on Feb. 17, some Pioneers got a chance for redemption against Linfield. The Pioneers were victorious in doubles with Raed Attia and Ramez Attia taking down the Wildcats' top seed, Luis Rojas and Nathan Saragoza. Raed and Ramez lost to them in their last match-up, but started conference play off right with a huge 8-6 win.

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Key Moments

In doubles, the Pioneers had a strong start with two out of the three courts starting with a lead, and Riley Vickers and Ryan Hayes started the tempo of their court off fast. Hayes and Vickers were up 4-1 at one point in the match, but then eventually lost their momentum to the Wildcats to finish with a close loss of 6-8. Will McDermott and Brendan Adams had a strong performance start to finish with a 8-5 win.

In singles, Ramez Attia was the first to finish with a quick win against the Wildcats, and this win started the Pioneers off with some momentum for singles. Raed Attia was the second to finish for the day with a battle against the Wildcats top guy, Nathan Saragoza, but finished with the second win for the Pioneers which helped the Pioneers lead with a score of 4-1.

In Adams singles match, Adams lost the first set, but after a close second set Adams grabbed the win from Rojas after a controversial call. In the deciding set, some controversial calls caused a loss of momentum for Adams, and the set ended with a 0-6 loss for Adams in the third set.

McDermott also had a close singles match with a loss in the first set, but came back in the second set to go to a deciding set. In the deciding set, McDermott started strong with a 3-2 lead, and ended with a 6-4 win.

Deeper Look

  • Raed and Ramez Attia now have a doubles record of 4-3 for the season thus far
  • McDermott and Adams have a 3-4 doubles record
  • Vickers has a singles record of 2-1
  • Raed, Ramez, Vickers, and McDermott are on a two-win streak

Looking Ahead

The Pioneers stay on the hill to continue conference play against Puget Sound on Mar. 9.