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BEAVERTON, Ore. - The Pacific Lutheran University men's tennis squad was unable to keep pace with regionally-ranked George Fox University on Saturday afternoon, dropping a 9-0 decision to the Bruins at Tualatin Hills.
"It was a very touch match today against one of the top team's in the Northwest Conference and the region," said Head Coach John Cassens. "Our hope is this will prepare us for tomorrow's match down in Salem against Willamette."
PLU's (2-5, 2-4 Northwest Conference) Justin DeMattos and Niko Convento provided a stiff test at No. 2 doubles before eventually falling 8-5 to the Bruins' (5-3, 5-1 NWC) Ryan Malinowski and Davin Lee while Ryan Adams and James Okubo fell 8-2 at the No. 1 position to Spencer Watanabe and Alex Namba, the West Region's fourth-ranked doubles tandem.
In singles, Okubo bowed out, 6-2, 6-2, at No. 3 while Chan Thourk battled hard at No. 5 before succumbing, 6-1, 6-3, to Lee. Adams had the daunting task of facing the fourth-ranked singles player in the region at No. 1, falling in straight sets to Watanabe. George Fox entered the match ranked 14th in the region.
The Lutes finish off the weekend tomorrow at 11 a.m., squaring off against Willamette University.