by Brenna Sussman, Sports Information Student Assistant
PARKLAND – Returning home for the final two weeks of the season, the Pacific Lutheran men's tennis team hosts Puget Sound and Linfield this weekend in a pair of Northwest Conference matchups.
PLU's rivalry match against Puget Sound will take place Friday at 3:30 pm at the Sprinker Recreation Center. Saturday's match against Linfield will be held at the PLU tennis courts at 1 pm. The Lutes split a pair of NWC matches on the road last weekend before falling 8-1 in a midweek nonconference match against Seattle University on Tuesday.
PLU holds a 73-5 all-time record over the cross-town rival Loggers. The Lutes have defeated the Loggers the last 43 times they have faced each other, the second-longest winning streak in PLU tennis history. Puget Sound's last win against PLU was in 1992. The Lutes also lead the all-time series with Linfield with a total record of 44-10. During the 2013 season PLU defeated Linfield 8-1 both times the teams met.
Last weekend the Lutes fell to Pacific 9-0 on Friday before bouncing back Saturday to defeat Willamette 7-2. The win against earned the Lutes a season sweep against the Bearcats and a point in the NWC standings. The Lutes took home victories in all the double matches as well as the final three single matches. On Tuesday James Okubo teamed with Sam Stadter to earn the Lutes their lone victory of the day in an 8-1 loss to NCAA Div. I Seattle University.
Pacific Lutheran's final four matches will be at home, as the Lutes will host George Fox and Lewis and Clark in a pair Northwest Conference matches next weekend.