TACOMA – Taking on a George Fox team that has ranked near the top of the Northwest Conference in recent years, the Pacific Lutheran men's tennis team fell 8-1 to the Bruins Friday afternoon at Sprinker Recreation Center.
The loss ends a three-match win Northwest Conference winning streak for PLU and drops the Lutes' record to 5-12 overall and 4-7 in conference play. George Fox improves to 10-4 overall and 8-3 in the NWC. The Lutes wrap up the 2014 spring season Saturday, hosting Lewis & Clark in a 1 p.m. match at Sprinker.
"I couldn't be more proud of the way the guys competed today," PLU head coach Rocky Poulin said. "Even though it may look like a lopsided loss for us, we were in a lot of matches. I like the direction we are headed in doubles – it seems that each week we're getting stronger and stronger."
The top two doubles matches were decided by two points, with the first one going to extra points. Justin McClain and Chris Lilley defeated Jake Yannello and Spencer Herron 9-7 at the top, with Preston Mann and Chace Stalcup defeated Neal Berg and Sam Angel 8-6 in the second match.
Sam Stadter gave the Lutes their lone win of the day. Stepping into the top of the ladder, Stadter took down the Bruins' McClain by set scores of 6-4 and 6-4. James Okubo gave PLU its best shot at another singles win, falling to Mitchell Miyashiro 3-6, 6-1, 6-2.
"Sam Stadter had his best win of the season," Poulin said. "Justin is a two-time all-conference senior, and Sam played poised and consistent enough to win in straight sets. I am very proud of his poise and maturity today."