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March 29, 2010

Lutes Beat Chapman for First California Victory

ORANGE, Calif. - Pacific Lutheran swept the doubles points and held on in singles play to beat the host Chapman Panthers, 5-4, in a non-conference men's tennis match played here on Monday.

The win, their first in four spring break matches in California, improves the Lutes' season record to 9-8. Chapman is now 4-9 for the season.

PLU swept the Panthers in doubles play to build a crucial advantage. Joel Trudel and Justin Peterson topped Dylan Tevlin and Christian Isip, 8-4, on court one, and Michael Manser and Scott Sheldon whipped Leland Butte and Giovanni Villicana, 8-2, on court two. The third doubles match was a close one with Brent Smoots and Tyler Dickey beating Alex Klein and Tyler McCusker, 8-6.

The 3-0 lead was important as Chapman won four of the six doubles matches. Trudel beat Tevlin, 6-2, 6-2, in the No. 1 singles match, and Manser got the better of Klein, 6-4, 2-6, 6-3, at No. 3. Dickey had a close match with Villicana before losing in a super tiebreaker, 6-4, 4-6, 1-0 (10-8).

Pacific Lutheran concludes its spring break trip on Wednesday with an afternoon match against NAIA opponent Point Loma Nazarene.

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