PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers returned to the hill today with another loss, but this time to one of their conference opponents which now makes them 0-3 on the season. The Linfield Wildcats took the day with a 6-1 win. The Pioneers struggled against the Wildcats with keeping the momentum, and sometimes overcoming mistakes.
Although, the Pioneers had a great win in doubles with Carla Thomas and Caroline Hennes who stepped up to get the one win of the day. This win helped the Pioneers go into singles with a some energy, and helped spark some battles against the Wildcats.
Thomas and Hennes played the Wildcats' Maggie Fiocchi and Sarah Sweet. Thomas and Hennes slowly built up momentum throughout the match after being down at first, and took the win from Linfield in a tie-breaker with a final score of 7-6, (5-0). Riley Hanks and Madelyn also had a nail-bitter of a doubles match, but they eventually ended up with a loss in a tie-breaker.
Hanks had a great performance against the Wildcat's with a clean sweep in the first set of the match. In the second set, the Hanks had a little more of a battle as the Wildcat, Elsa Harris, started to gain momentum, but in the Hanks finished strong with a 6-0, 7-5 win.
- Hanks now has a singles record of 1-2
- Emily Schmelling played in her first singles game of the season
The Pioneers continue play next Sunday, Feb. 24, against another conference opponent, Pacific (Ore.).