Returning the serve to the Cal Lutheran Regals, University of La Verne’s Nicole Harden played a tough doubles match at Bonita High School on Saturday. The Leopards earned two conference wins during the weekend by defeating Cal Lutheran 6-3 and Whittier 7-2. La Verne is scheduled to continue conference play at Redlands tomorrow.
The La Verne’s women’s tennis team clinched two victories last weekend in their matches against Whittier and Cal Lutheran, giving the Leopards a 3-0 conference record.
Confidence from a win from Friday carried the team to victory in Saturday’s match against Cal Lutheran.
The overall score was 6-3, with wins in two out of three doubles and four out of six singles matches.
“The biggest challenge is staying calm in a match situation and doing what we do on a daily basis,” head coach Brian Harrison said.
ULV was able to keep it together this weekend.
At doubles No. 2, freshman Rebecca Rodriguez and senior Jennifer Schiller beat Cal Lutheran’s Kathryn Downey and Lacey Gormley, 8-5.
Sophomores Jennifer Baca and Claudia Chavez continued the winning streak with an 8-6 victory over Elia Olmstead and Kailyn Ellison.
In a close match, junior Nicole Harden and senior Lacey Wiles fell 8-6 to Suzeye Nomura and Kate Dehmer at doubles No. 1.
“They’re going to be a challenge,” Wiles said prior to the match.
Nomura proved to be a challenge again in the No. 1 singles match, beating Harden in the first and second sets.
At singles match No. 2, Wiles gained a victory over Dehmer, with scores of 6-3, 6-4 in the first two sets.
Rodriguez and Schiller were also successful at singles matches No. 3 and No. 4, both with scores of 6-0, 6-1 in their first two matches over Cal Lutheran’s Downey and Kelsey Licastro.
Baca clinched the sixth victory of the day in the singles No. 5 match when she beat Gormley in her first and second sets 6-3, 6-1, but Chavez fell to Cal Lutheran’s Samantha Aguinaldo in the No. 6 singles match.
In Friday’s match, the team won two out of three doubles matches and five out of six singles matches, resulting in an overall score of 7-2.
The No. 2 doubles team of Rodriguez and Schiller beat Whittier’s Madison Stern and Brenda Santana with a score of 8-0.
Baca and Chavez won 9-7 against Whittier’s Cecilia Nava and Bebe Gonzalez.
After a tough match Harden and Wiles could not defeat Whittier’s Jennifer Pigott and Emily Friedhoff in the No. 1 doubles match.
“They’re really consistent,” Harden said. “Being patient is probably the most challenging thing.”
Wiles agreed that the doubles match was challenging, as it is still early in the season.
“This is only our second conference match, so nerves get to us,”Wiles said.
Harden went on to win at the No. 1 singles match against Piggot, dropping only one game and creating 6-1, 6-0 victories in her first and second sets.
Singles No. 2 through No. 5 followed suit, also winning their first and second sets.
Wiles beat Friedhoff, 6-1, 6-1, in the No. 2 match while Rodriguez and Schiller beat their opponents in the No. 3 and No. 4 matches, with scores of 6-2, 6-2 in their first and second sets, respectively.
“I think going into singles we were really confident because we won two out of three doubles matches,” Schiller said.
The Leopards will return to action in another conference match against Redlands tomorrow at 9:30 am.
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