by Brenna Sussman, Sports Information Student Assistant
PARKLAND – After a successful road weekend, the Pacific Lutheran men's tennis team gears up for their final weekend of Northwest Conference play, as the Lutes will host George Fox at 3:30 p.m. on Friday and Lewis and Clark at 1 p.m. on Saturday at Sprinker Recreation Center.
Two NWC wins last weekend brought the Lutes record up to 4-6 in conference, 5-11 overall. PLU has huge advantages in the all-time record over both George Fox and Lewis & Clark. The Lutes have defeated George Fox 23 of the 29 times that they have met. However, the Bruins have won the last six match-ups, including a 9-0 shutout earlier this year over the Lutes.
"They have a great team, and they've got some great leadership at the top of their ladder, so it will be a good test for us," PLU head coach Rocky Poulin said of the Bruins.
In the history of the 56 times PLU has played Lewis and Clark, the Lutes have won 49 of those times. PLU even held a 47-match winning streak over Lewis and Clark, the longest in men's tennis history, before falling to the Pioneers 5-4 last season. Lewis & Clark defeated PLU 7-2 earlier this season down in Portland.
"They're playing well right now," Poulin said of the Pioneers. "It will be fun to see, again, our young guys take on that team and see if we can squeak out a win at our home court and see the weekend end on a good note."
Last weekend marked the PLU men's tennis team's first two-win weekend of the 2014 season. A sweep in the doubles round and four singles wins gave the Lutes a 7-2 victory in Friday's rivalry match against Puget Sound. On Saturday, the Lutes played their first season match at PLU's outdoor tennis courts, where they defeated the Linfield Wildcats 8-1. The doubles teams of Spencer Herron and Jake Yannello, Neal Berg and Sam Angel, and James Okubo and Sam Stadter all recorded two wins on the weekend. Stadter and Brandon Bulaclac both took home two singles wins as well.