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February 17, 2011

PLU Faces Tough Tests As The Season Begins

THIS WEEK: The Pacific Lutheran University woman's tennis team opens their season Friday when they take on the Linfield Wildcats. Saturday, the team hosts the Pacific University Boxers as Northwest Conference action continues. Friday's match will be the first for the Lutes in 2011. Having lost the squads top three players from a year ago, the Lutes will be featuring a roster that includes only two upperclassmen- one junior, and one senior. This season's team features three players who saw regular action in 2010. Sophomore Tina Aarsvold, junior Deanna Ellmer, and the team's lone senior, Caitlyn Hoerr, return again looking to improve on their 2010 campaign. Six freshmen are joining the team in 2011 looking to contribute immediately. Head coach Lorrie Wood enters her fourth season in 2011.

SCOUTING LINFIELD: Linfield has been a perennial power in the NWC and this season will be no different than the rest. Having won eight out of the last ten NWC titles, the Wildcats are poised for another title run. Junior Abby Olbrich returns as the 'Cats number one player from a season ago and is ranked seventh in the west region poll. The duo of Olbrich and junior Sarah Click, combine to make Linfield's number one doubles team. The pair open their campaign ranked ninth in the west region poll. Friday's match with the Lutes will be the conference opener for both teams. Linfield has played one non-conference match this season, losing 8-1 when they visited division one University of Portland last week.  

ABOUT PACIFIC: The Pacific University Boxers come into the season with a large group of new faces. First-year coach Sarah Ansboury leads the way featuring a roster that has six underclassmen. Returning five players from a year ago, including their number one and two players, the Boxers will be a dangerous team in the NWC. Although the team only went 6-14 in 2010, Pacific has the young potential to make headlines in 2011. Pacific is 1-0 in conference as they beat Lewis and Clark College, 6-3.  

Friday's match with Linfield is at Sprinker Recreation Center and begins at 2 p.m. Saturday's match against Pacific will begin at 3 p.m and will be played at the University of Puget Sound.