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February 15, 2012

PLU Women's Tennis Opens Season at Puget Sound

SEASON OPENER: Pacific Lutheran starts its 2012 women's tennis schedule this afternoon with a non-conference match against a conference opponent - Puget Sound. The event is scheduled to start at 4 p.m. at the UPS Tennis Pavilion.

HANDFUL OF VETERANS: Pacific Lutheran's veterans include sophomores Leah Newell and Sophia Ro, and juniors Tina Aarsvold and Cora Wigen. Newell and Aarsvold played in the top singles spots last year, and they combined to make up the Lutes' top doubles team as well. Newell compiled a 7-10 singles record playing at No. 1 singles, Aarsvold was 2-15 at No. 2 singles, and the duo was 7-10 at No. 1 doubles. Ro saw limited action at No. 6 singles last season, going 3-3, and she was 0-2 at No. 3 doubles. Wigen makes her return to the PLU roster after studying abroad last year. She played on the 2010 team and was 3-13 in singles, most of that at No. 2. Newell, Aarsvold and Wigen all participated in the annual fall season USTA/ITA regional tournament.

LOTS OF NEW FACES: There are eight frosh on the 12-player Pacific Lutheran roster, so there will be plenty of opportunity to introduce those athletes to the rigors of collegiate tennis. Of that group, only Allison McClure saw action at the fall regional tournament. McClure teamed up with Wigen to win a doubles match before losing to the eventual tournament championship team in the second round.

LUTES ENTER SPRING SEASON 0-1: Pacific Lutheran already has a match under its collective belt, having dropped a 7-0 decision to NCAA Division I Seattle University back on Oct. 5, 2011. Even though the match was played in the fall it still counts on PLU's overall record.

HOME MATCHES: For the first time in program history, all PLU home matches will be played at nearby Sprinker Recreation Center. The indoor facilities will allow a consistent location for home matches regardless of weather conditions. The Lutes open their 2012 women's tennis home schedule on Feb. 24 when they host Whitman in a Northwest Conference match slated to start at 3:30 p.m.

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