By Elyse Glahn, Guest Reporter
It was a tale of two streaks in California.
They came. They saw. They conquered. Finally.
The Pacific Lutheran women’s tennis team saw the end of first-year doubles partners Allison McClure and Katie Patton’s five match winning streak against California University March 26. But the team finally broke its losing streak 8-1 against Biola University March 27.
“They had some good players, but our patience and desire won us the match,” tennis player first-year Catherine Miolla said.
The other PLU doubles partners came out on top with their matches against Biola. Sophomore Leah Newell and junior Tina Aarsvald made it with a 9-7 win. First-year Valery Jorgensen and senior Cora Wigen didn’t give their opponents a fighting chance, ending their match with an 8-4 score.
Head coach Lorrie Wood said Biola’s doubles teams were strong players. She said that a lot of the teams in California were going to be tough to beat, but the competition was a platform for learning and improving.
“We beat Biola because the team is fairly even with us, skill-wise, and we worked harder that day,” Wood said. “Beating Biola reminded the team how much fun it was to win.”
This win against a California team gave the Lutes more confidence. The team said they believe bonding is one of these benefits. Some players are showing improvement and consistency in the second half of the season.
“As a team, we were really hoping to get our first win in California,” Miolla said. “I think that win really boosted the spirit and confidence of the team as a whole.”
Even with this new confidence, the Lutes came back and played the same league teams without any wins as a team, but there were some improvements in the individual scores.
After the California matches, McClure contributed doubles wins twice: one against George Fox with Miolla and another rejoining Patton against Lewis & Clark. McClure has consistently won her doubles matches against these teams.
PLU’s doubles teams won all three of their matches against Lewis & Clark, this improvement following the last time they played with only one win. PLU’s previous score against this team was 2-7. The new score was 4-5.
Wigen and Jorgensen redeemed themselves against Lewis & Clark the second time. They lost 4-8 last time, but came back and won 9-7 against the No. 1 ranked doubles team at Lewis & Clark.
“Playing Lewis & Clark was amazing. It was definitely Val’s and my best match,” Wigen said.
Miolla took the only singles win against Lewis & Clark. Miolla said she wanted to focus on getting more comfortable with her forehand stroke while in California and was glad she could improve it.
“The team came back more unified as team and with more match skills to finish the season,” Wood said.
Wood decided to make the California trip a tradition from now on.