WALLA WALLA – A trio of Lutes won first-round matches at the USTA/ITA Northwest Regional Championships hosted by Whitman College over the weekend.
Sam Angel defeated first-round opponent Troy Patterson 6-1 and 6-3 before falling to ninth-seeded Steven Roston 6-0 and 6-2. James Okubo knocked off Kelsey Rosborough in the first round by scores of 6-3 and 6-2 before No. 8 Justin McClain defeated him 6-2 and 6-0 in the second round. Sam Stadter picked up a first-round victory over Sam Wexman by dual 6-4 scores before falling to eventual runner-up James Rivers 6-0 and 6-2.
Whitman's Andrew La Cava won his third regional singles title in the last four years, taking home the crown in the championship match. The tournament marked the Lutes' lone competition for the fall. The team will return to action in the spring.