PORTLAND, Ore. -- In their first Northwest Conference loss, Lewis & Clark lost to the Linfield Wildcats, 5-3. The Pioneers were only able to win one of their doubles matchups, and had several tight singles matches.
After close losses at No. 1 and No. 3 doubles, the Pios entered singles with their deficit of the season. A No. 2 doubles win by Wiktoria Plawska and Christine Eliazo gave Lewis & Clark their only point during doubles play. Plawska and Eliazo defeated their Wildat opponents 8-4, notching the first win of the matchup.
At No. 1 doubles, Josie Lezaraga and Kacey Incerpi battled against the #8 pair, Ella Riddle and Elsa Harris. After holding the initial lead, going up 5-2, the Pioneers could only win one game, dropping fivein a row to Linfield. After the Wildcats pulled ahead 7-6, hard fought games by Incerpi and Legarza weren't enough, leading to a 9-7 loss.
Natasha Hood and Chloe Sermet at No. 3 gave up a 3-0 lead as Linfield added three unanswered games. Eventually the pair lost 8-5.
Incerpi tied up the overall score, 2-2, after a singles win at the No. 4 spot. She outshot her opponent, winning 6-3, 6-1. At No. 2, Lezaraga dropped her sets 6-0, 7-5, after staging a comeback in the second set. Her loss allowed Linfield to take the lead for the second time.
Next to finish, Eliazo cinched a third set victory, bringing the overall score to a 3-3 tie. After losing the first set 5-7, Eliazo came back for a 6-3 win in the second set. Showcasing her endurance, she finished a 6-1 third set, only letting her Linfield opponent have one game.
At No. 1 singles, Plawska dropped her second two sets 6-4, 6-4, after winning the first, 6-4. Her opponnent, Ella Riddle is nationally ranked, laying at 21st in a preseason ranking. Plawska was ranked 13th.
One point behind, the matchup came down to the result of No. 5 and 6 singles. At No. 5, Hood won her first set 7-5, before losing the second, 6-3, and the third, 6-2. The Wildcat win secured them the overall win.
At the six spot, Glenna Gee-Taylor also took her first set, winning 6-3. Her Linfield opponent took the second set, 7-5. Pushing into a third, Gee-Taylor lost 6-4.
The Pioneers look for a win tomorrow on the road, taking on George Fox at 11 a.m.