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Netters Head to California for Spring Break Road Matches

Taylor Dickey and Zack AhYat

NEXT WEEK: Pacific Lutheran's men's tennis team will travel to Southern California during spring break for four non-conferences matches beginning this Saturday in Fullerton, Calif., and finishing on Wednesday, March 28, in Orange, Calif.

BIG ROAD TRIP FOR LUTES: The first of four matches will be against the Hope International University Royals. HIU has struggled to find its winning touch as they have yet to break into the win column this season, going 0-8 in the Golden State Athletic Conference and 0-10 overall. The Lutes will look to capitalize on its momentum from last weekend's match against Lewis & Clark to keep the struggling Royals out of the win column on Saturday. PLU will then travel to Los Angeles for a match against Occidental College from the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference at 10 a.m. Sunday. The Tigers boast a 7-3 overall record and have accumulated a 38-22 singles and 18-12 overall doubles record. Pacific Lutheran then heads to La Mirada, Calif., to square off with Biola University at 2 p.m. Monday, March 26, before finishing the long road trip against Chapman University in Orange. The Biola Eagles have begun the season at 3-7 overall while Chapman sits at 4-5 overall so far through the 2012 season.

PLU 8, L&C 1: Pacific Lutheran swept all three doubles matches and took five of six in singles to defeat visiting Lewis & Clark, 8-1, in a Northwest Conference men's tennis match played Saturday at Sprinker Tennis Center. The Lutes improved to 4-4 overall and 3-4 in the conference, while Lewis & Clark is now 1-7 in both categories. L&C's only victory came at No. 1 singles where its freshman ace, Olivier Groot, defeated Zack AhYat, 6-4, 5-2 (retired), after leg cramps prevented AhYat from continuing. All of PLU's singles wins came in straight sets, with the wins going to Dan Cotton, Taylor Dickey, Reed Gunstone, Neal Berg and Sam Angel. In doubles play, the teams of AhYat-Dickey, Cotton-Luke Olson and Spencer Herron-Berg all won their matches.

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