Written by Student Assistant Christian Bond
TACOMA, Wash. - The Pacific Lutheran University men's tennis team opens up its 2016-2017 season this weekend, traveling to Walla Walla, Washington for the ITA Men's Northwest Regional Tournament.
The trip to Walla Walla will be one of the longest trips the team has to make all year long and serves as the team's first and last tournament of the fall. Action begins today with the preliminary rounds and will continue all the way through Monday.
"This is a team building weekend as well as having a lot of fun," head coach John Cassens said.
The team features one senior in James Okubo. Okubo has eight career wins under his belt in singles play and 18 in doubles action.
A trio of juniors round out the upperclassmen in Alberto Leal, Chan Thourk, and John Woelfel. Leal had success in doubles last season, posting three victories while Thourk has won three games in singles competition, and got a win in doubles last season.
Justin DeMattos is the lone sophomore, playing 12 singles matches and 11 doubles matches for the Lutes last season.
Ryan Adams and Keith Petitt are among the five freshman tennis players on the squad. Adams had success at Olympia High School, earning four letters in the sport while participating at the state championships three times.
"(I'm) looking forward to see the freshman in competition," Cassens said.
After the weekend the Lutes will mothball the racquets until Feb. 5, opening up the spring slate against Division I Seattle University.