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PLU Closes Out Home Schedule With Two Matches

Tina Aarsvold

THIS WEEKEND: The Pacific Lutheran University women's tennis team wraps up its 2012 home schedule with matches against George Fox University and Lewis and Clark College. PLU picked up its first win of the season last week after beating Biola University 8-1 in Southern California. This week, the Lutes dropped a mid-week match to the hands of the University of Puget Sound and will close out the week with their final two home matches of the 2012 season. Friday afternoon, PLU squares off with eighth-place George Fox. Friday's match is set to begin at 3:30 p.m. The next day, the Lutes take on the Lewis and Clark College Pioneers. Saturday's match is scheduled to begin at 12:30 p.m.

A LOOK AT THE BRUINS: With a 1-6 mark in Northwest Conference play this season, the George Fox Bruins sit in eighth-place in the conference standings. Despite the Bruins struggles in NWC play this season, GFU won four of its five matches during the programs week-long trip to Florida which concluded last week. Friday's match with the Lutes with be the second time this season the two teams have met. On March 3, the Bruins registered their only conference win on the season over PLU, rolling to a 6-3 victory. The Lutes and Bruins have met 26 times in the series history dating back to 1996. Although GFU is on a two-match winning streak over the Lutes, PLU holds a 22-4 overall advantage in the series.

SCOUTING THE PIONEERS: The Lewis and Clark College Pioneers sit in seventh-place in the NWC standings by way of a 2-7 mark in conference action. With a 2-8 overall record on the season, the Pioneers picked up two exhibition wins in consecutive weekends over Bellevue College and Treasure Valley Community College. The Pioneers have won the past six matches against the Lutes with PLU not defeating L&C since the 2008 season. Despite Lewis & Clark's recent string of wins, PLU still holds the overall advantage in the series. Dating back to 1981, the Lutes hold a 24-15 advantage in the 39 matches between the two programs.

UPS 7, PLU 2: Pacific Lutheran dropped a 7-2 Northwest Conference women's tennis match to visiting Puget Sound on Wednesday afternoon. Leah Newell and Tina Aarsvold were winners at No. 1 doubles, defeating Maddison Holtz and Josephine Dow by an 8-4 tally. Newell was PLU's winner in singles, defeating Jenna Gerdsen, 6-3, 6-0, at No. 2.

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