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Lutes earn season sweep of Willamette with 7-2 road win

Sam Stadter
Sam Stadter

SALEM, Ore. – The Pacific Lutheran men's tennis team made it a season sweep of Willamette Saturday afternoon, as the Lutes knocked off the Bearcats 7-2 in a Northwest Conference match at Courthouse Tennis Center.

Pacific Lutheran swept the doubles round and won the final three singles matches to clinch the team victory. The win improves the Lutes' record to 3-10 overall and 2-6 in the NWC, while Willamette falls to 1-10 overall and 1-6 in conference play. PLU takes on Seattle University in a nonconference road match on Tuesday at 4 p.m. before returning home for the final four matches of the season.

Jake Yannello and Spencer Herron shut out Will Cooper and Gunnar Lee 8-0 to open doubles play. Sam Angel and Neal Berg took down Sam Wexman and Blake Brash 8-4, and Sam Stadter and James Okubo game the Lutes their second shutout win of the day with an 8-0 victory over Jack Schreiber and Shrujan Kalidindi.

"Our three doubles teams played some of the best doubles they've played all year," PLU head coach Rocky Poulin said.

After dropping the first set 6-2 to Wexman, Stadter bounced back to take the next two sets by identical 6-2 scores to give the Lutes a win at the top of the singles ladder. Willamette won the next two singles match, but Herron, Okubo and Jeremy Marsh wrapped up the team win with wins in the final three singles matches.

"Sam Stadter showed a lot of grit and determination to win at No. 1 singles after a slow start," Poulin said. "Our four, five and six singles players were really clutch for us and very consistent, and that was something we definitely needed today."