Lewis & Clark opens play at ITA Northwest Regional Championships

Lewis & Clark opens play at ITA Northwest Regional Championships

McMINNVILLE, Ore. -- Rachael Rice and Madelyn Landerfelt advanced to the round of 16 during the singles competition last weekend at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Northwest Regional Championships at Linfield. The Lewis & Clark Pioneers were competing in their only fall competition.

Landerfelt, a sophomore, picked up victories over Johanna Wilson from Pacific Lutheran, 6-1, 7-6 (1), followed by a 6-1, 6-0 defeat of Jill Hughes from Whitworth. Landerfelt lost in the quarterfinals, 6-4, 6-3, to Riley Clayeux of Linfield.

In her first collegiate competition, Rice won 6-0, 6-0 in her opening match with Puget Sound's Arisa Dintcho. In the second round, she defeated Erica Lee of Whitworth, 7-5, 6-3. Linfield's Elsa Harris, the No. 6 seed, beat Rice, 6-3, 6-0, in the quarters.

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Key Moments

Riley Hanks and Rice teamed up for one of the Pios' doubles victories. The pair downed Chantelle Baclay and Marissa Hayashi of Pacific, 8-5, in the opening round.

Caitlin Jones and Natalie Kowal were winners in the doubles opener, too, beating Halle Berg and Kyndal Locati of Whitworth.

Carla Thomas also won a first-round match on the singles side with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Haile Chang of Pacific. Thomas missed last season during her overseas study program.

Deeper Look

  • Jones went to three sets in her opening-round singles match, eventually losing 6-1, 1-6, 11-9 to Marissa Kirk from Whitworth
  • Also in a three-set opener, Kowal lost 4-6, 6-0, 10-8 to Grace Bethards of Whitworth
  • Hanks was a 6-1, 6-1 winner over Danielle Brown from George Fox before losing to Harris in the second round
  • Like Kowal and Rice, Katie Pfaff and Macarena Vives also competed for the first time collegiately
  • Pfaff lost to Pacific's Adrienne Powell, 6-4, 6-1, while Vives was defeated 6-0, 6-0 by Willamette's Sarah Dean
  • After competing for women's soccer over her first two seasons, Emily Schmelling paired up with Pfaff for her first collegiate tennis match, losing to Emma Jo Wiley and Erica Lee of Whitworth

Looking Ahead

The Pioneers will start the duals season next spring.