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March 22, 2011

Lutes Hope to Add to Long Winning Streak Over Loggers

THIS WEEK:  The Pacific Lutheran University men's tennis team will hope to extend it's 38-match winning streak against the University of Puget Sound on Wednesday, followed by a tough rematch against Linfield College on Saturday.  A 7-0 loss to the Seattle University Redhawks this past weekend sends the Lutes to 2-7 overall this season, with only one win coming in NWC play (1-6).  After last season's 14-10 mark to end the year, with an appearance in the NWC playoffs as the fourth seeded team, the Lutes have seen a drastic fall in the 2011 team.  The young squad will look to bounce back in the second half of the season, with two important conference matches in the coming week against cross-town rival University of Puget Sound and Linfield College. 

LOGGING A TOUGH SCHEDULE:  The Puget Sound tennis team has logged a considerable amount of away matches in the past several weeks of this 2011 season.  The Loggers visited Southern California where they played a trio of teams in Sewanee University, Amherst College, and Whittier College.  All of the games ended badly for the Tacoma side, with the Loggers falling 7-2, 8-1, and 8-1 in the California sun last week.  The losses sent UPS to 3-7 overall, with a conference mark of 2-4.  In 2010, the Lutes were able to sweep the Loggers in the season series, with 6-3 and 8-1 victories.  The Lutes have beaten UPS 38 consecutive times dating all the way back to the 1992 season.  As both teams sit near the bottom of the NWC standings, pride will be the biggest thing to play for in Wednesday's match.  The rivalry match will give the Lutes the perfect opportunity to vault themselves ahead of UPS and hold Tacoma bragging rights until their next matchup. The matches will be at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday at the PLU courts.

SECOND CHANCE AT CATS:  After hosting the UPS Loggers on Wednesday, the Lutes will have a short layoff before welcoming the Linfield Wildcats to PLU for a rematch of their competition earlier in the 2011 schedule.  The Cats have ridden an up-and-down season in 2011, with two wins to start the season, followed by five losses, and then a split with Hardin-Simmons and Redlands to put their overall record at 3-6 (2-5 in NWC play).  In the first matchup between the Lutes and Wildcats this season, Linfield came away with the 7-2 team win in the Lutes' first conference match of the spring.  Led by their #1 singles player Mark Magdaong, who is 5-4 in the top slot, the Wildcats sit just one spot above PLU in seventh place in the NWC standings. With a pair of wins this weekend, the Lutes can move up the standings, and hope to start on a winning roll to end the season.  The matches will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday at the PLU tennis courts.

SEATTLE U 7, PLU 0:  The Seattle University men's tennis team took advantage of the sunny weather, sweeping past Pacific Lutheran, 7-0, Saturday afternoon at the Seattle U Tennis Courts.  The Redhawks won all three doubles sets to earn the doubles point, with Mark Shkrebtan and Simon Meske taking the number one doubles set over Scott Sheldon and Taylor Dickey, 8-5. In the number two doubles position, Eric Chalmers and Kevin Lynch defeated Daniel Cotton and Michael Parretta, 8-2, while Kyle Rapp and David Kovas combined for an 8-3 victory over Zack AhYat and Neal Berg in the number three doubles spot.  All six Redhawk singles victories came in straight sets.

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By: Alex Schisel, Student Assistant