Women's tennis, women's rowing collect NWC honors

Women's tennis, women's rowing collect NWC honors

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Pioneers capped off Spring Break on a high note, with student-athletes from two different sports grabbing Northwest Conference Student-Athlete of the Week honors, the conference office announced Monday.

Among the 14 honorees were Christine Eliazo of women's tennis and the women's rowing varsity eight boat, which consisted of coxswain Liana Clary, S – Gabriela Kalla, 7 – Charlotte Copp, 6 – Tess Lynam, 5 – Ryan LaVigne, 4 – Paige Sanders, 3 – Natalie Stroud, 2 – Christine Guenin, B – Elly McClane. 

Eliazo was named the for women's tennis off the back of an impressive four-game sweep while the Pioneers played nationally-ranked competition in Ohio last week. She is now 24-3 this season, considering both singles and doubles matches. Over the last week, her performance helped the No. 29 Pioneers defeat No. 31 Kenyon, 6-3, and No. 30 Denison, 5-4. Eliazo went into three sets in both of her No. 3 singles matches, beating Kenyon's Jenna Murray, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5, and Denison's Megan Hickey, 6-7, 6-2, 6-1. She played No. 3 doubles with Natalie Kelly, downing Kenyon's Maggie Sweeney and Annie Reiner, 9-8 (7-1). Two days later, she played at No. 2 doubles with Wiktoria Plawska, winning 8-2 over Denison's Hickey and Ashley Hammons. Eliazo's consistent performance all season has helped elevate the Pioneers to 9-3 overall and 7-2 in NWC play, which puts the Pioneers third in the overall standings. They return to the court on Saturday at Pacific.

Competing on Saturday a the Husky Open Regatta in Seattle, Wash., Lewis & Clark clocked in more than nine seconds faster than Puget Sound to take second in their Women's Varsity 8+ race on Lake Washington. With a time of 6:52.546, the fastest by an NWC team on the day, the Pioneers finished behind only their NCAA Division I host, the University of Washington. At last year's Husky Open, Lewis & Clark's women's varsity eight finished with a mark of 7:11.107. 

"The women's varsity eight hit a really solid time for an early April race," said Lewis & Clark head coach Sam Taylor. "We've had a great set of practices over spring break, and I think we went into this much more prepared for racing than at Hagg Lake [two weeks ago]."

At Hagg Lake on Mar. 18, the women's varsity eight pulled off an early win against Oregon, but they lost to PLU in the second 1V8 race. The matchup between last year's fourth-place finisher at the NCAA Championships, PLU, and the Pios resulted in the lowest women's times of the day as Lewis & Clark finished the course in 6.53.31, less than 10 seconds behind the Lutes. The Lutes 1V8 boat has received the last two NWC Crew of the Week honors, and was named as honorable mention this week. The Pioneers hit the water again for the Logger Invitational on Saturday. 

2016-17 Lewis & Clark NWC Student-Athletes of the Week

Sept. 12 - Annie McCutchan (Women's Golf)
Sept. 19 - Claire Burke (Women's Golf)
Oct. 3 - Kortney Meyer (Volleyball - Offensive)
Oct. 3 - Alexe Navarro (Volleyball - Defensive)
Oct. 17 - Liam Monheim (Men's Cross Country)
Dec. 5 – Kassie Kometani (Women's Swimming)
Dec. 28 - Ayisat Afolabi (Women's Basketball)
Jan. 23 - Ayisat Afolabi (Women's Basketball)
Feb. 14 - Ayisat Afolabi (Women's Basketball) 
Feb. 21 - Tommy Massari (Baseball) 
Mar. 27 - Robert Wang (Men's Golf)