The Northwest Conference honored two Pacific Lutheran men's tennis players, Scott Sheldon and Taylor Dickey, this week with second team all-conference awards for their success on the court this year. This is the first conference award for either athlete, and it comes in a season which saw the Lutes struggle as a team in conference play.
Sheldon, a senior southpaw out of Edmonds, Wash., was the quiet leader of the 2011 team. As the only senior this year, Sheldon shouldered the weight of the team and led a young Lute squad to go 6-12 overall on the season. In singles matches, Sheldon went 7-11 this season, but amassed a career record of 40-34 in singles matches and a 35-18 doubles record with several different partners.
A sophomore from Richland, Wash., Taylor Dickey played as the #1 singles and doubles for the majority of the 2011 season. He went 7-10 in singles matches as the ace of the team, and 12-5 in doubles. With his experience at the top slot for the Lutes this season, 2012 should prove to be a breakout year for the righty from Richland.
Sheldon and Dickey teamed up to be a lethal combination as the Lutes' #1 doubles pairing this season. Going 12-5 as a partnership, 9-2 in conference play, the duo earned every bit of the second-team recognition they have recieved. In the final match of the season, Sheldon and Dickey defeated Conor Holten-Burke and Andrew La Cava of Whitman, two players who earned first-team all-NWC honors this year on a team that went a perfect 12-0 in conference play and is ranked #2 nationally. The win was a fitting end to a great season for the pair.
The season is not finished, however, for the pair. The duo will compete in doubles and in singles at the Ojai Tournament, arguably the top NCAA Division III tournament on the West Coast, from April 29-May 1 in Ojai, Calif.
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