Women's Tennis Returns Home For Two Matches
THIS WEEK: The Pacific Lutheran University women's tennis team returns home this weekend for two matches against the College of Idaho and Northwest Conference foe Lewis and Clark College. Last week, PLU picked up it's first win on the 2011 season beating Mills College, 8-1. Now 1-4 for the year, the Lutes will be looking to pick up two much needed wins this weekend. Friday evening, the Lutes take on the College of Idaho at 6 p.m., at the University of Puget Sound Tennis Pavilion. The Lutes come right back on Saturday morning, looking for their first NWC win, when they take on Lewis and Clark College. The match begins at 10 a.m. and will again be at the UPS Tennis Pavilion.
NEWELL A JEWEL: PLU frosh Leah Newell is off to a good start in her first season on campus. Playing as the team's number one, Newell is 3-2 through her first five matches. Winning 60 percent of her matches thus far, Newell ranks fifth in win percentage among number one singles players in the NWC.
ABOUT THE COYOTES: NAIA College of Idaho is off to an 0-2 start to the season. In mid-February, the 'Yotes lost to Whitworth University, 0-9, and Lewis-Clark State, 0-9. Featuring a roster that only has one senior, C of I is a young team gaining expirience with every match. PLU and C of I have played five times in the series history; PLU winning two, and the Coyote's winning 2. One match between the two teams ended in a tie. Last season, C of I beat the Lutes in Parkland, 7-2.
SCOUTING THE PIONEERS: The Lewis and Clark College Pioneers come into the weekend matchup with a 1-6 record for the season. The Pioneers' lone win came in the form of a 6-3 victory over the University of Puget Sound. Currently on a four-match losing streak, L&C begins a three-match road trip looking to turn its season in the right direction. The Lutes will be looking for redemption this time around, as the Pios beat PLU 6-3 last year at the Lewis and Clark Tennis Dome in Portland, Ore.