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SEATTLE, Wash. - The Pacific Lutheran University men's tennis squad opened the spring season after a four-month hiatus on Sunday afternoon, putting up stiff resistance against Division I Seattle University before falling 6-1 inside the Tennis Center at Sand Point.
Niko Convento highlighted the day for the Lutes (0-1) securing the victory at No. 2 singles, besting the Redhawks' (4-5) Arshak Ghazaryan, 6-2, 6-0. Fellow first year Ryan Adams pushed SU's Trenton Nield to three sets at No. 1 singles before eventually succumbing, 6-1, 2-6, 6-3. James Okubo fell, 6-1, 6-1, at No. 3 while Chan Thourk was bested by a, 6-2, 6-0, scoreline at No. 5 singles.
In doubles, Adams and Okubo put a scare into Seattle's No. 1 team of Nield and Matt Alderson before getting edged 6-4 while Convento and Justin DeMattos provided a stiff challenge at No. 2 doubles in a 6-3 setback.
"PLU came to play today," said Head Coach John Cassens. "Great performances from No. 1 and No. 2 doubles. Niko made his spring debut by defeating SU at No. 2 singles and freshman standout Ryan lost a very close three setter at No. 1 singles."
PLU takes a two week breathier from competition before opening the Northwest Conference dual slate on Feb. 18 in Walla Walla, Washington against Whitman College.