TACOMA - Pacific Lutheran improved its season record to 5-1 Wednesday with a 9-0 Northwest Conference men's tennis whitewash of the Puget Sound Loggers at the UPS Tennis Pavilion.
The win was the 42nd in a row for the Lutes over the Loggers dating back to the 1992 season. Puget Sound's record is 0-7 this year.
Two of the three doubles matches were close. Jason Bower and Taylor Dickey held off Graham Baker and Michael Cutter 9-7 at first doubles, and Luke Olson and Sam Angel beat Jake Peterson and Daniel Deuel 8-6 at second doubles. Third doubles went to the Lutes duo of Brandon Bulaclac and Mitch Yannello, 8-4, over John Stevens and Abe Noyes.
Pacific Lutheran won all six of the singles matches in straight sets. Bower beat Cutter at first singles, 6-4, 7-6, Olson took down Baker at second singles 6-4, 6-0, and Angel topped Deuel at third singles 6-3, 7-6. At fourth singles it was Yannello over Noyes 6-2, 6-4, Dickey over Peterson 6-2, 6-2, and at sixth singles Bulaclac topped Stevens 6-4, 7-5.
"It's always fun playing our crosstown rival UPS," PLU head coach Rocky Poulin said. "We came out and set the tone sweeping the doubles. We felt like we had some good momentum going into the singles were able to take advantage of that momentum and close out the match."
The match was the first of nine straight on the road for the Lutes. They now travel across the state to play a non-conference match against NCAA Division I Eastern Washington on Friday and then return back to conference action against Whitworth on Saturday.
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