Women’s tennis advances to second in NWC

Sara Levering, Staff Writer

The Lady Wildcats tennis team had a successful day at home sweeping the visiting Pacific Lutheran Lutes 9-0.

In doubles action, sophomore Ella Riddle and freshman Elsa Harris battled a hard-fought match with some skilled volleying back and forth, but pulled out the victory 8-6.

In second doubles, sophomores Marisa Doveri and Basia Kopecka won decisively 8-2 with powerful strokes giving them momentum to win the match.

In third doubles, junior Courtney Mostul and sophomore Sierra Lemon also won without struggle 8-2.

Going into singles action with a 3-0 lead, Riddle was unable to play due to a minor injury that is being closely monitored by coaches Lisa Macy-Baker and Carl Swanson. Therefore, all players moved up a spot and added Courtney Mostul to play at number six singles.

Harris stepped up at number one singles defeating her opponent in straight sets 6-3, 7-5. She had excellent hits at the baseline and excelled at placement of the ball in tight corners making it extremely difficult for her opponent to reach.

Doveri stepped into the number two position and excelled 6-3, 6-4. Kopecka at three singles struggled in the first set 1-6, but gathered her footing and gained momentum to take the second set 6-2. The match had already been decided, therefore she played one game in the third set and then played a tiebreaker swinging in her favor to give her the victory.

Junior Marisa Kume was back in the lineup for the Wildcats and played extraordinary well. She won in straight sets 6-3, 6-1. Mostul was perfect at six singles won decisively 6-0, 6-0.

The Lady ’Cats’ last home match of the season against Willamette, a team that has lost every match this season. Linfield had no problems blanking them to win the match 9-0.

Riddle and Harris played a tight match with a winning outcome of 8-4, but struggled with first serve percentage.

Doveri and Kopecka blanked their opponents in the second doubles position easily because of the Willamette duo making consistent errors that favored Linfield. They won 8-0.

Mostul and Lemon had an easy match at three doubles and won 8-2. They had great at-net offense and excelled at the baseline as well.

In singles action leading 3-0, Riddle had little struggle against a quality tennis player who appeared to be having shoulder problems throughout the match. Riddle took the match 6-1, 6-0.

Doveri played number two singles and she won decisively 6-1, 6-0 as well.

Kopecka at number three singles bounced back from her performance the prior day and won 6-2, 6-0.

Kume at number four played extraordinarily and won 6-0, 6-2. Sophomore Laurel Nelson at the number five singles spot won 6-2, 6-1. Lemon at number six singles blanked her opponent 6-0, 6-0.

“Stepping into a new position in the lineup is always challenging, but with the support of my teammates, coaches and family, it made everything so much easier,” Doveri said.

“I made sure that they didn’t get the best of me and mainly focused on executing my shots. Overall, I am very happy with the way our team played this weekend.”

It gives us a great confidence boost as we get ready to play Lewis and Clark and George Fox next weekend,” she said.