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.
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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