PARKLAND - Pacific Lutheran got straight-set victories in the final three singles matches Saturday afternoon on the way to a 6-3 Northwest Conference men's tennis victory over the visiting Lewis & Clark Pioneers in Sprinker Tennis Center.
With the victory, the Lutes improve to 4-1 overall and also in the conference. Lewis & Clark is now 1-5 overall and 1-4 in the NWC.
"Lewis & Clark is a young team similar to us, but we just ended up having more depth than them," PLU head coach Rocky Poulin said. "Jason Bower had one of his best wins of the season and the 4,5,and 6 singles were very solid for us today."
Bower's win came in a three-set battle in first singles against Kevin Ross. After dropping the first set 6-2, Bowers rallied for the victory by winning the next two sets by 6-1 and 6-3 scores.
Pacific Lutheran wrapped up the match in the fourth, fifth and sixth singles matches. Mitch Yannello, playing fourth singles for the first time this season, defeated Scott Monismith 6-4, 6-0, and Taylor Dickey followed that up in fifth singles by beating Cole Pfeiffer, 6-1, 6-3. Rounding out the PLU win at sixth singles was Brandon Bulaclac, who swept aside Lucas Fodor, 6-3, 6-3.
The Pioneers got straight set wins from Carter Gee-Taylor and Daniel Hahm at second and third singles, respectively.
The doubles matches went to PLU by a 2-1 score. Sam Angel and Luke Olson teamed up to beat Gee-Taylor and Monismith at second doubles, 8-3, and Yannello and Bulaclac topped Fodor and Pfeiffer at third doubles, 8-4. Lewis & Clark started out with an 8-4 win from Ross and Hahm over Bower and Dickey at first doubles.
Pacific Lutheran is back in action on Wednesday afternoon when it travels across town to face the Puget Sound Loggers in another conference contest.
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