COMING UP: Off to a solid start with a 3-1 dual match record, Pacific Lutheran returns home to Sprinker Tennis Center for another conference dual, this one against Lewis & Clark on Saturday. The Lutes and Pioneers get things underway at 1 p.m.
SCHEDULE CORRECTION: The PLU printed pocked schedule shows the Lutes playing at Puget Sound this Friday, March 1. That was when the match was originally scheduled, but it was changed to Wednesday, March 6 at Puget Sound.
ABOUT LEWIS & CLARK: The Pioneers are 1-3 in the conference and 1-4 overall, with the lone win coming against Linfield by a 7-2 score. PLU defeated Linfield, 8-1, in its season opener. The other common opponent is Willamette - PLU beat Willamette 5-4, while Lewis & Clark lost to Willamette by the same score. Lewis & Clark's seven-player roster features one senior, three sophomore and three freshmen.
HOME AND GONE AGAIN: Saturday's contest against Lewis & Clark is PLU's only home match in all of March. Following that, the Lutes will play eight times away from home in March. There are four home matches scheduled in April.
YOUTH WILL BE SERVED: Of the 12 players on the PLU roster there is only one senior and one junior. Senior Taylor Dickey is in the top seven, but all of the others among that number are either sophomores or freshmen.
PLU 5, WILLAMETTE 4: Pacific Lutheran made it three wins in four matches by defeating host Willamette, 5-4, last Saturday at Courthouse Tennis Center in Salem, Ore. The Lutes rallied from a 2-1 deficit after doubles play to earn the victory against the Bearcats, ranked No. 19 in the Division III West Region preseason poll. PLU has now defeated two teams (12th-ranked Pacific was the other) in the first two weeks of the season. With the team score tied at 3-3 following singles wins by Taylor Dickey and Brandon Bulaclac, the Lutes wrapped up the match when Sam Angel and Luke Olson defeated their opponents. Angel beat Will Cooper at third singles by a 7-5, 6-3 score, and Olson followed shortly thereafter with a 6-4, 6-7 (7-1), 6-3 win over Sam Wexman at second singles. Dickey made quick work of Devin Abney at fourth singles with a 6-2, 6-2 win, and Bulaclac took care of Colin Yamaguchi, 6-3, 6-4, at sixth singles. Dickey's singles win gave him two victories on this day after he teamed with Bower for an 8-3 decision over Cooper and Abney at second doubles.
GEORGE FOX 9, PLU 0: George Fox showed why it holds the No. 11 rank in Division III West Region men's tennis with a 9-0 victory over Pacific Lutheran last Friday night at Tualatin Hills Tennis Center in Beaverton, Ore. The final score was somewhat deceiving as a number of the matches were very close. George Fox got off to a 3-0 start after doubles play, winning a close 8-6 match at No. 2 where Justin McClain and Peter Brown defeated PLU's Taylor Dickey and Jason Bower. The hosts also benefitted from an injury default at No. 3 when Jake Yannello was hurt and unable to continue. While the Bruins won three of the singles matches in straight sets, the Lutes took them to a super tiebreaker in two matches and to three sets in another.