Key win in No. 3 doubles springboards Pios over No. 31 Kenyon

Key win in No. 3 doubles springboards Pios over No. 31 Kenyon

GAMBIER, Ohio -- A 7-1 win in the tiebreaker of the No. 3 doubles match put the No. 27 Lewis & Clark Pioneers ahead entering singles in a 6-3 victory over the No. 31 Kenyon Ladies on Tuesday at VandenBerg Courts.

Christine Eliazo and Natalie Kelly won their second doubles match of Lewis & Clark's trip to Ohio, one that has the Pioneers playing numerous nationally-ranked teams. The pair beat Maggie Sweeney and Annie Reiner, 9-8 (7-1), to secure a 2-1 lead for Lewis & Clark through doubles. 

"We started off a little slow being down 1-4," said Eliazo and Kelly, who are now 3-0 when paired together this season. "We had to adjust quite a bit to the playing conditions. Ultimately, we came together as a team and we're able to pull out the W."

Kacey Incerpi and Josie Legarza (5-3) were winners in the top doubles match, beating Alyssa Moreau and Mara Kaspers, 8-3. At No. 2, Wiktoria Plawska and Tash Hood (1-3) were defeated, 8-3, by Jenna Murray and Diana Aboubakare.

Plawska, ranked 13th nationally, rebounded to win the No. 1 singles match, 7-5, 7-5, over No. 47 Aboubakare. Hood lost 6-4, 6-1 to Kaspers at No. 5.

Along with Plawska, the Pioneers won the top four singles matches. Legarza and Incerpi rolled at No. 2 and 4, respectively. Legarza improved to 9-4 on the year with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Sweeney, while Incerpi bumped up to 9-3 with a 6-0, 6-4 victory over Reiner. Incerpi was the only Lewis & Clark competitor to not yield a game in any singles set.

In third position, Eliazo won a back-and-forth match, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5, over Murray, her 11th singles win of the season.

Glenna Gee-Taylor played in her first match of the Ohio trip, falling 7-5, 6-4 to Moreau in the No. 6 singles match.

At 8-3 overall this season, Lewis & Clark's remaining matches are against No. 29 Denison on Thursday and No. 10 Carnegie Mellon on Saturday.

Other Northwest Conference Scores - Tuesday

George Fox 8, Huntingdon 1
Pacific Lutheran 9, Hope International 0
Caltech 9, Whitworth 0

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