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Men's Tennis Returns Home to Defeat Loggers, 6-3

Taylor Dickey and Zack AhYat

TACOMA – Pacific Lutheran, fresh off a four-match spring break trip to California, defeated the Puget Sound Loggers, 6-3, in a Northwest Conference men's tennis match played Friday night at the UPS Tennis Pavilion.

The Lutes, now 6-7 overall and 4-4 in the conference, took a 2-1 lead in the doubles portion of the match. Zack AhYat and Taylor Dickey took an 8-4 win over Michael Cutter and Ben Miller at No. 1, while Neal Berg and Sam Angel topped George Murphy and Jake Peterson by the same score at No. 2. Zach Blakeslee and Noel Oteng-Mensah, seeing their first action of the season for PLU, lost an 8-3 decision to Abe Noyes and John Stevens at No. 3 doubles.

Two quick wins in the singles matches gave the Loggers (0-12, 0-8) a 3-2 lead, but the Lutes regained the lead as Dickey defeated Cutter 6-4, 6-0 at No. 2 while AhYat was beating Miller 6-0, 6-2 at No. 1.
 
The deciding matches came in the middle courts in two hard-fought matches. Angel sealed the win for the Lutes with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Murphy at No. 3. The No. 4 match went to a super tiebreaker before Berg beat Stevens 2-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-7).

Pacific Lutheran was scheduled to play a non-conference match against Seattle University on Saturday afternoon but that match has been cancelled.

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