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March 2, 2012

Lutes Break Into NWC Men's Tennis Win Column

PARKLAND - Pacific Lutheran broke into the Northwest Conference men's tennis win column on Friday with closer-than-it-looked 8-1 victory over the Linfield Wildcats at the Sprinker Tennis Center.

With the win the Lutes are now 2-2 overall and 1-2 in the conference. Linfield, meanwhile, drops to 1-3 overall and 1-2 in the NWC.

Holding a tenuous 2-1 lead after doubles play, PLU was perfect in singles play, though two of the matches went three sets and another was decided in a super tiebreaker.

The visiting Wildcats picked up their lone point of the match at No. 1 doubles where Cody Levien and Zach Lyons earned a hard-fought 9-7 victory over Zack AhYat and Taylor Dickey. The other doubles contests were PLU runaways, however, Luke Olson and Dan Cotton beating Micah Roose and Lukas Kleinman by an 8-3 score at No. 2, and Neal Berg and Spencer Herron dumping Ben Brewer and Joel Trousdale 8-2 at No. 3.

In singles play, the Lutes had a pair of easy straight-set bookend wins at No. 1 and No. 6. In the featured match, AhYat rolled past Levien, 6-1, 6-0, and at No. 6 it was Reed Gunstone handling Trousdale, 6-1, 6-3.

The four singles matches in between all offered some amount of drama. At No. 2, Cotton and Lyons went three sets before the PLU senior came out a 7-5, 4-6, 6-2 winner. At No. 4, Olson and Kleinman also went three sets with the Pacific Lutheran freshman prevailing 6-2, 4-6, 6-3.

Dickey needed a tiebreaker in the second set before beating Roos by a 6-2, 7-6 (5) score at No. 3 singles, and Sam Angel garnered a super tiebreaker victory over Brewer, 6-3, 3-6, 1-0 (10-6) at No. 5.

PLU returns to action at 12:30 p.m. Saturday when it hosts the George Fox Bruins in another conference counter at Sprinker Tennis Center.

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