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WTEN: LEWIS & CLARK 7-7, GEORGE FOX 2-2 - Pios Pick a Pair from Bruins in Same Day
PORTLAND, Ore. – In an unusual home-and-away morning-and-afternoon doubleheader that was actually played at the same place, the Lewis & Clark College Pioneers took two Northwest Conference women’s tennis matches from the George Fox University Bruins by identical 7-2 scores Saturday here at the Lewis & Clark Tennis Dome.
The first match of the day was scheduled as George Fox’s home match, but wet conditions on the courts in Newberg made them unplayable, so the contest was moved to Portland. The second match was already scheduled as Lewis & Clark’s home match.
In the first match, the Bruins picked up one doubles win and one in singles. Molly Beaumont and Mollee Robinson defeat the Pioneers’ Whitney DeBree and Maggie Peach 8-2 at No. 1 doubles, while Beaumont was a winner over Jill Coleman 6-2, 6-3 at No. 2 singles. The rest of the matches went to the Pioneers.
In doubles, Lewis & Clark got a win from Coleman and Macrina Sharpe over Cara Griffith and Allie Michelotti 9-7, and a default victory at No. 3. In singles, it was Lisa Harunaga over Robinson 6-1, 6-3 at No. 1; Peach over Griffith 6-3, 6-4 at No. 3; Paige Earhart over Michelotti 6-2, 6-4 at No. 4; Alix Dixon over Liliya Abildayeva 6-4, 6-4 at No. 5; and the No. 6 match was defaulted by the Bruins to the Pios.
In the afternoon competition, the Bruins’ two victories came at the top two singles positions. Beaumont topped Harunaga 6-3, 6-3 at No. 1, and Robinson breezed past DeBree 6-2, 6-1 at No. 2. The Pioneers took the rest of the singles as Isabelle Borris defeated Griffith 6-2, 7-6 (7-3) at No. 3; Sharpe prevailed in a third-set tiebreaker over Michelotti 4-6, 7-6, 1-0 (10-5) at No. 4; Lindsay Burnette also went three with Abildayeva and won 6-3, 4-6, 1-0 (10-7) at No. 5; and Caitlyn Homer blanked the Bruins’ newest addition to the roster, Shawna Buck, 6-0, 6-0 at No. 6.
All three doubles went to the Pios as DeBree and Borris downed Beaumont and Robinson 8-3 at No. 1, Sharpe and Earhart edged Griffith and Abildayeva 8-6 at No. 2, and Dixon and Marie Steinrucke knocked off Michelotti and Buck 8-2 at No. 3.
George Fox (0-10, NWC 0-9) will be off for almost two weeks, returning to the courts on Friday, Mar. 26, with a match at Whitworth University at 3:00 p.m. Lewis & Clark (7-4, NWC 7-3) goes to Linfield College Sunday for a 3:00 p.m. match.