PORTLAND, Ore. -- Lewis & Clark's Women's Tennis Team had their Senior Day on Sunday Apr. 15 but they were unable to pick up an 11th win against the Linfield Wildcats losing -. Despite the loss, the Pioneers will still be heading to the Northwest Conference Tournament.
All three of the doubles matches ended with close scores but the Pioneers ended up going down 3-0 early. Seniors Christine Eliazo and Kacey Incerpi played in the No. 1 spot against Ella Riddle and Basia Kopecka. The Pioneer duo lost with scores of 8-5 but the Wildcats had to earn every point.
Senior Adrienne Fox paired with Chloe Sermet finished next in the No. 3 spot and lost to Haley Fujimori with Riley Clayeux, 8-6. Seniors Natalie Kelly and Glenna Gee-Taylor played in the No. 2 spot and were leading 7-6 before Elsa Harris and Michelle Uyeda tied it at 7-7. The Pios lost the final set giving Linfield the win with scores of 8-7.
In the singles matches, Kelly was the first to finish at the No. 3 spot and earned the first team point for Lewis & Clark. She defeated Clayeux with scores of 6-3, 6-3. Tash Hood finished next at the No. 4 spot losing to Marisa Doveri 7-5, 6-1.
"There was great energy in the dome today..." said Senior Kelly "and for singles it felt really good winning at home for the las time of my career and having all my teammates cheer me on."
Eliazo played in the No. 1 spot against Harris and put up a fight sending the second set into a tie-breaker point. Unfortunately Eliazo lost the second set and lost the match 6-4, 7-6. Her duo partner Incerpi also showed great effort winning the second set of her match 6-7 after losing the first set to Uyeda 6-4. Incerpi unfortunately also lost the tie-breaker set 10-6.
"We've had a great season so far..." said Senior Kelly "and we definitely have the ability to do big things in the conference tournament next week. We need to have solid practices and support each other especially when it comes to doubles."
The Pioneers will be heading to NWC Tournament next weekend on Saturday Apr. 21. Event time and location are TBA.