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Lutes fall to Pioneers 7-2 in final match of season

Jake Yannello / Photo by Jesse Major
Jake Yannello / Photo by Jesse Major

TACOMA – The Pacific Lutheran men's tennis team concluded its 2014 spring season Saturday afternoon, falling to Lewis & Clark 7-2 in Northwest Conference action at Sprinker Recreation Center.

Pacific Lutheran finishes the season with a 5-13 overall record and a 4-8 conference mark. Lewis & Clark improves to 7-10 overall and 7-5 in the NWC.

"This match was very similar to the first time we played them this year down at their place," PLU head coach Rocky Poulin said. "The end result wasn't what we wanted, but the match really could've gone either way."

The first two doubles matches went down to the wire, with Lewis & Clark claiming both by identical 9-7 scores. Morgan Joyce and Daniel Hahm defeated Spencer Herron and Jake Yannello in the first match, and Kevin Ross and Michael Brewer defeated Neal Berg and Sam Angel. Sam Stadter and James Okubo gave the Lutes a win in the third match, defeating Smith Monismith and Cameron Smith 8-5.

"Number one and two doubles were about as close to winning the match as possible," Poulin said. "That was big for us, as instead of going up 3-0 after doubles we were down 1-2. Doubles were still a bright spot with how we competed in all three matches, and having two freshman end the season on a high note with a win at No. 3 added to their impressive record all season."

The Pioneers took the first three singles matches, with Okubo pushing Hahm to three sets before falling 2-6, 6-2, 6-0 in the third match. Yannello picked up the Lutes' lone win of the singles round in the fourth match, defeating Joyce 6-3, 6-0.

"Jake Yannello played some of his best singles today despite having lingering injuries that affected him all season long," Poulin said.