SALEM, Ore. - Zack AhYat lost only two games in a signature singles win and the young players at the bottom of the singles lineup came up big Saturday afternoon as Pacific Lutheran upset Willamette, 6-3, in a Northwest Conference men's tennis match played at Courthouse Tennis Club.
With the victory, PLU improves its season record to 3-3 and its conference mark to 2-3. Willamette, which last year played in the conference tournament championship match, is now 3-2 in both categories.
"The young guns came through at four, five and six singles and Zack had a statement match at number one singles," head coach Rocky Poulin said. "Our doubles came out strong as well."
In fact, PLU took a 2-1 lead after doubles play as a result of wins at No. 1 and No. 3. AhYat and Taylor Dickey defeated Devin Abney and Garrett Vincent, 8-5, in the featured match, while Neal Berg and Spencer Herron got the better of Will Cooper and Cameron Thompson, 8-4, and No. 3.
AhYat's singles win came by a convincing 6-1, 6-1 score over Wong, who has generally been regarded among the top players in the conference.
Still needing to win at least two more singles match to get the team victory, a pair of freshman sandwiched around a sophomore came up with the necessary wins - plus one - in the bottom three singles spots.
Spencer Herron beat Cooper in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4, playing in the No. 4 spot for the first time this season. At No. 5, sophomore Reed Gunstone topped in a super tiebreaker, Abney, 7-5, 1-6, 1-0 (10-5), and at No. 6 Olson went three sets before subduing Will Agnew-Svoboda, 6-1, 4-6, 6-2.
PLU is back in action tomorrow when it faces Northwest Conference foe Pacific University.
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