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April 7, 2012

PLU's Long Win Streak against L&C Comes to End

PORTLAND, Ore. - Lewis & Clark put an end to a nearly four-decade-long losing streak to Pacific Lutheran in men's tennis on Saturday, defeating the Lutes, 5-4, in Northwest Conference action.

Prior to today's match, PLU had beaten L&C 47 consecutive times dating back to a 5-4 Pioneers victory in 1973. Included in the win streak was an 8-1 Pacific Lutheran victory on March 17 of this season. The streak ended as the teams split the six singles matches after the Pios had grabbed a 2-1 advantage in doubles.

Lewis & Clark is now 3-8 overall and 2-8 in the conference while PLU falls to 6-9 overall and 4-6 in the NWC.

Two of the doubles matches were not particularly close. PLU's No. 2 team of Spencer Herron and Reed Gunstone beat Carter Gee-Taylor and Cole Pfeifer, 8-2, while L&C's No. 3 of Scott Monismith and Christian Stanbrook topped Raymond DeLeon and Kyle McKee, 8-4.

The swing doubles match came at No. 1 and it was a close contest won by L&C's Olivier Groot and Quinn Roth-Carter over Taylor Dickey and Dan Cotton, 9-7.

All of the singles matches were won in straight sets, with L&C's freshman sensation Groot topping Cotton, 6-1, 6-0, in the featured match. The other Pios in the win column were Pfeifer over DeLeon 6-2, 6-2 at No. 5, and Lucas Fodor over Zach Blakeslee 7-5, 6-3, at No. 6.

Pacific Lutheran got singles wins from Taylor Dickey over Gee-Taylor 6-4, 6-1 at No. 2, Gunstone over Roth-Carter 6-2, 6-3 at No. 3, and Herron over Monismith 6-4, 6-1 at No. 4.

PLU closes out its 2012 season next Friday and Saturday when it hosts Pacific and Willamette, respectively, at Sprinker Tennis Center.

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