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March 13, 2012

Netters to Host L&C in Lone NWC Match

NETTERS RETURN HOME TO FACE PIONEERS: This weekend, the Lutes will host visiting conference foe Lewis & Clark College. The match is the only one scheduled for men's tennis this weekend and will start at 12:30 p.m.  Saturday at Sprinker Recreation Center.

GETTING TO KNOW THE PIOS: Pacific Lutheran will be welcoming a struggling Lewis & Clark team that finds itself at a mere 1-5 in conference play, good enough for solo eighth place in the early season's standings. The incredibly young Pioneers feature seven freshmen, including No. 1 singles player Oliver Groot, who leads the team with a 4-2 singles record. As for doubles, Groot pairs with lone senior Quinn Roth-Carter; the two have managed the bulk of the No. 1 doubles load combining for a 2-4 conference doubles mark.

PLU 6, WILLAMETTE 3: 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. 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.

PACIFIC 7, PLU 2: Pacific won five of six singles matches to secure a 7-2 Northwest Conference men's tennis victory over the visiting Pacific Lutheran Lutes on Sunday. The No. 1 doubles team team of Zack AhYat and Taylor Dickey got the Lutes on the board with an 8-5 win over Troy Zuroske and Giancarlo Battaglia, but Pacific scored victories in the other two matches to build a 2-1 team lead.In singles play, the teams split the two matches that went three sets. At No. 2, PLU's Dan Cotton rallied from a set down to top Spencer Hing, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, while at No. 3 Battaglia also came from one set down to beat Taylor Dickey, 6-7 (5), 7-5, 6-2.The Lutes also lost a super tiebreaker at No. 5 where Pacific's Eric Furuya beat Reed Gunstone, 2-6, 6-1, 1-0 (10-7). The Boxers won the other three singles matches in straight sets.