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March 5, 2011

Men's Tennis Breaks Into NWC Win Column

PORTLAND - Pacific Lutheran picked up its first Northwest Conference men's tennis win of the season on Saturday afternoon, rolling past Lewis & Clark College, 9-0, at the LC Tennis Dome.

The Lutes dominated both doubles and singles play to improve to 2-4 overall and 1-4 in the conference.

They started out by losing just four game in the doubles competition. Taylor Dickey and Scott Sheldon beat George Allen and Quinn Roth-Carter, 8-2, at No. 1 doubles, Zack Ah Yat and Neal Berg rolled past Sam Franer and Cole Pfeiffer, 8-1, at No. 2, and Daniel Cotton and Michael Parretta handled Muneeb Khan and Gabriel Trepanier, 8-1, at No. 3.

PLU took the first five singles matches in straight sets, losing just 14 total games in those five sets. Starting at the top, Dickey beat Allen, 6-1, 6-4, Sheldon took Roth-Carter, 6-0, 6-2, Ah Yat handled Pfeiffer, 6-0, 6-1, Berg topped Franker, 6-1, 6-4, and Reed Gunstone dumped Khan, 6-0, 6-1.

On at No. 6 singles did the Lutes get pushed to a long super tiebreaker, Marshall McNally defeating Trepanier, 6-3, 1-6, 1-0 (12-10).

The Lutes return to action next Saturday when they host Whitworth at 10 a.m. and Willamette at 2 p.m. in back-to-back conference matches.

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