GAMBIER, Ohio -- A loss in the third-set tiebreaker of the No. 2 singles match kept the No. 27 Lewis & Clark Pioneers from a win in the opening match of their spring break trip to Ohio on Sunday.
Josie Legarza fell 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (7-4) to Kendal Holladay of No. 19 Case Western Reserve in what ended up being the deciding match at the VandenBerg Courts of Kenyon College.
The Pioneers are competing in four duals against nationally-ranked opponents over the next week.
Legarza, who opened the season ranked No. 39 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association national rankings, virtually split the match with Holladay, as each player lost two games in the opening sets. Legarza's record is now 8-4 overall and 4-3 in No. 2 position.
No. 13 Wiktoria Plawska (11-4) won the top singles match, 6-2, 6-1, over Nithya Kanagasegar to go with a doubles win with Tash Hood. The Pioneers duo won the No. 2 match over Nina Cepeda and Katrin Gurvich, 8-6.
Lewis & Clark took a 2-1 lead in the match after Christine Eliazo and Natalie Kelly won 8-4 over Jessica Liu and Holladay, but the Pios won only two singles matches. Along with Plawska, Chloe Sermet (8-4) recovered from a first-set loss to Katie Busch and won 3-6, 6-4, 6-3.
Eliazo, ranked 44th nationally, was defeated in three sets by Cepeda, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4, at No. 3, while Kelly lost 6-2, 7-6 (7-4) in the No. 5 position. Eliazo and Kelly have records of 10-3 and 5-3, respectively.
In the No. 4 singles match, Kacey Incerpi fell 7-5, 6-4 to Peyton Young and is now 8-3 on the year. In doubles, Incerpi and Legarza lost 8-6 to Kanagasegar and Young.
Lewis & Clark faces Kenyon on Tuesday before matches with Denison and Carnegie Mellon on Thursday and Saturday, respectively.
Other Northwest Conference Scores - Sunday
George Fox 8, P.R.-Mayaguez 1
Occidental 5, Pacific Lutheran 4
Southwestern 5, Linfield 4
Bellevue College 9, Willamette 0