Pioneers drop their first conference home match against the Pirates

Pioneers drop their first conference home match against the Pirates

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers got their first conference lost against the Whitworth Pirates, in a 4-5 loss. The Pioneers struggled to gain momentum throughout the day, and could not seem to gain confidence to finish matches. 

The Pioneers started the day off with being down right away after doubles the Pioneers were down 1-2 to the Pirates. The Pioneers almost had a comeback in singles, but could not grasp one more gain to get the win for the day. The Pioneers went 3-3 in doubles with the Pirates.

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Key Moments

In doubles, the Pioneers struggled to get momentum on the top two courts. After being down 0-6 on both of the courts the Pioneers then started to gain a little momentum, but it was too late to come back from such a deficit. Caroline Hennes and Madelyn Landerfelt got the only win in doubles for the Pioneers with an 8-1 win. 

In singles, the Pioneers had an attempt at a comeback, but still could not gather enough momentum to come back from their one game deficit after doubles. Rachael Rice had an incredible three set match against Whitworth's No. 3. Rice stole the momentum after being down in the first set to finish with a 1-6, 6-1, 6-4 win. Natalie Kowal also took home a win against Whitworth's No. 5. After another win in singles by Thomas, the Pioneers were tied 4-4 with the Pirates, but could not grab the last match to get the win for the day. 

Deeper Look 

  • Kowal is now 3-0 in singles for conference play
  • Rice is 2-0 in singles for conference play as well
  • Rice and Thomas are 4-1 in doubles 
  • Thomas has an overall doubles record of 5-1

Looking Ahead

The Pioneers stay on the hill for their next match against Kalamazoo on Mar. 23.