Women’s tennis shines at home

Sara Levering, Staff Writer

Back on their home court after traveling last weekend, the women’s tennis team continued Northwest conference play.

On Saturday, the ’Cats faced the University of Puget Sound Loggers with only six players. They swept the Loggers 9-0 on Saturday afternoon.

Basia Kopecka, ’18 and Marisa Doveri, ’18, were the first point on the board of the day, beating their opponents at second doubles position 8-1.

Following shortly after, Ella Riddle, ’18, and Elsa Harris, ’19, grabbed an 8-2 victory at the number one doubles position.

Marisa Kume, ’17, and Lauren Seki, ’17, captured a win with a score of 8-1 to conclude doubles play.

The ’Cats jumped to a furious start sweeping doubles play 3-0 with singles play following.

Kopecka and Seki gathered their first Northwest Conference singles wins of their seasons.

Kopecka at the fourth singles position won decisively 6-1, 6-1. Seki also won decisively 6-2, 6-0.

Riddle is 4-0 against conference opponents thus far. Doveri won her match 6-3, 6-1 as well as Kume earning a victory 6-3, 6-3.

On the second day of action against the Pacific University Boxers, the Wildcats again jumped out to a tremendous start.

Kopecka and Doveri once again defeated their opponents at the number two position 8-2.

Kume and Seki also had a successful day winning at the third position 8-3.

Riddle and Harris had a 3-0 lead and lost steam, but fought back from behind in the middle of the match and came back 9-8 with a 7-4 tiebreaker win.

At the end of doubles play, the Wildcats led 3-0 going into singles.

In singles play, Riddle defeated her opponent decisively 6-2, 6-2 in the first singles position as well as Doveri winning 6-1, 7-5 at the third singles position.

Harris struggled in singles on day two and fell at the number two position 2-6, 4-6. The bottom flight of singles all won with very little struggle. The Lady ’Cats won 8-1.

Ella Riddle said, “This weekend went very well, I was super excited for our first home matches and it was a great atmosphere. We learned a lot this weekend alone and there are plenty of things to improve upon.”

When asked about potential challenges in this very competitive Northwest Conference, she replied, “Some challenges I think we will face will be some strong doubles pairings. As a team, we want to start fast and the way we do that is through our doubles,” Riddle said. “Even though, there are strong doubles pairs, we want to challenge them and hopefully start our matches strong through doubles.”

The Lady ’Cats improve to 6-3 overall and 3-1 in the NWC.