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March 27, 2011

Lutes Get Revenge on Linfield Netters

TACOMA - Getting revenge from a season-opening road loss on Saturday, Pacific Lutheran grabbed a 5-4 Northwest Conference men's tennis win over the visiting Linfield Wildcats at the UPS Tennis Pavilion.

The results left both teams with the same records - 4-7 overall and 3-6 in the conference.

Frosh Reed Gunstone provided the Lutes with the match-deciding point at No. 5 singles, rallying from a set down and a 3-0 third-set deficit to defeat Tim Wagar, 3-6, 6-3, 7-5. That split the singles matches at three wins apiece, and with the Lutes taking two of three doubles, they got revenge for a 7-2 loss back on Feb. 18 in Oregon.

Coach Craig Hamilton credited the No. 2 doubles team of Michael Parretta and Daniel Cotton with "their best match of the year" as they took a 9-7 victory from Wagar and Cody Levien. Scott Sheldon and Taylor Dickey, playing No. 1 doubles, rallied from a break down to defeat Linfield's standout duo of Mark Magdaong and Brent Kingzett, 8-6.

Joining Gunstone with singles wins were Dickey, who beat Tal DeWitt 6-4, 6-4 at No. 2, and Zack AhYat, who tripped up Kingzett at No. 3, 6-4, 6-3.

Linfield got a doubles win from the No. 3 unit of Tal DeWitt and Zachery Lyons, and singles points from Magdaong at No. 1, Levien at No. 4, and Lyons at No. 6.

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