By Caitlin Basilio /// Sports Editor
Last weekend, the Lewis & Clark women’s tennis team fell to both the Whitworth Pirates, 6-3, and the #16 Whitman Missionaries, 9-0.
On Saturday, LC faced Whitworth where Claudia Lew (’16) won for third time in conference play as the Pioneers’ No. 1 singles player, against Saryn Mooney 6-0, 6-2. Paloma Vizcaino won the only other Pio singles point, winning the opening set 6-3, before falling 6-2 during the second. But the Pios No. 6 bounced back to take her match with a 1-0 (10-8) win in the third set. Vizcaino and Olivia Sweetman (’14) earned the Pios’ only doubles point, playing as the No. 3.
Lew commented on some positive things about the match, “It helped me improve being patient on the court. As a tennis player I like to be aggressive and patience isn’t really the game I play,” Lew said. “But for this match in particular I had to rely on my patience and wait for my opportunity to go after the ball.”
On Sunday, Lew fell 6-1, 6-3 as the Pios’ No. 1, Sweetman dropped both her sets 6-1 (No. 2), while Makena McCluskey (’14) lost 6-1, 7-5. Allison Schneider (’17) played as the Pios’ No. 4 and was unable to hold off her Whitman opponent. Theresa Grigsby (’15) dropped her two sets 6-2 in the No. 5 spot and Vizcaino fell 6-1 in the No. 6 position.
“This is a new season and a new team, so all I want for the team is for us to work and play hard,” said Lew. “Also, beating Whitman would be a plus. But I am very excited for this season and looking forward to playing with my Pio girls.”
Catch the Pios’ next tennis match today in the Tennis Dome at 4 p.m., against Willamette.