Pioneers sweep Bearcats in first NWC matchup

Pioneers sweep Bearcats in first NWC matchup

PORTLAND, Ore. -- With two clean sweeps in doubles, and one in singles, Lewis & Clark defeated Willamette, 9-0, at the L&C Tennis Dome in the Pios' first Northwest Conference matchup of 2017. 

Starting the night with doubles, the Pioneers had Kacey Incerpi and Josie Legarza at No. 1 doubles against Willamette's Alexis Gjurasi and Mikaila Smith. Incerpi and Legarza took the set, 8-0. The No. 2 doubles pair for the Pios, Wiktoria Plawska and Christine Eliazo, also posted an 8-0 sweep. The final doubles pair for Lewis & Clark was Caroline Hennes and Carla Thomas, dual athletes who are also soccer teammates. Hennes and Thomas gained momentum after the Bearcats' Alyssa Oberg and Mina Mizutani won the first two games. Grabbing the third team point for the Pios, they won 8-3.

"It was great. Our team swept doubles so that was a good start," said Thomas of the win. "That's our goal for all our matches is to sweep."

"I was very nervous, but we had a great crowd," said freshman Hennes of her first match. "Carla made it really fun and relaxing."

Lewis & Clark (1-0; 1-0 NWC) placed themselves in a good position heading into singles, only needing two more points to secure the match. The Pioneers have three nationally-ranked singles players.

At No. 1 singles for the Pioneers, Plawska was ranked 13th nationally going in to the weekend, with No. 2 Legaraza ranked 39th, and No. 3 singles Eliazo ranked 44th.

Plawska played a long pair of sets, winning the first set, 6-2, and the second, 6-3. She finished fourth out of the singles match-ups, with Lezarga winning 6-1, 6-0, and finishing first at number two. Eliazo, finishing third, posted the same set scores. Chloe Sermet finished second, only allowing one game to her opponent.

Tash Hood swept her opponent, 6-0, 6-0. Not allowing any against, she posted her second career win. Adrienne Fox, playing at No. 6 singles, also won her sets, pulling in the ninth point for the Pioneers.

"It'll probably be the same result," Thomas says of tomorrow's matchup against Pacific. "That's what we are expecting. We might change up the lineup, but it's good practice."

Now 1-0 in NWC play, the Pioneers return to their home courts on Saturday at 11 a.m. to take on Pacific. 

Other Northwest Conference Scores - Friday

Whitman 8, Puget Sound 1