FOREST GROVE, Ore. -- Four members of the men’s tennis team highlight the list of 10 Lewis & Clark student-athletes who earned All-Northwest Conference honors, the conference office announced earlier this month.
Off a season in which they earned their first-ever and highest national ranking, the No. 30 Pioneers men’s tennis team earned one first-team and three second-team selections. Freshman Raed Attia, who played the majority of the year as the team’s No. 1 singles player, was selected All-NWC First-Team after finishing with an 8-9 record. He was also chosen Male Rookie of the Year at last week’s student-athlete awards, the ELCYS (Excellence in Lewis & Clark’s Year of Sports).
Along with Attia, Kevin Ross, Gordon Barrows and Harrison Collins earned All-NWC Second-Team honors. Ross, the only senior selected, finished 9-4 in singles this season and 3-1 at the No. 2 position. He also finished with a 12-7 record in doubles. Barrows was the Pios’ No. 2 singles player the majority of the season and finished with a 6-10 mark. Collins had the most singles wins for the Pios this season at 15-4.
The Lewis & Clark women’s rowing team climbed to No. 14 in the USRowing/Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association Division III Poll this season and defeated Puget Sound in the women’s varsity eight for the first time since 2006.
Seniors Madi Hyde and Katja Putzke were selected All-Northwest Conference at the NWC Championships last week. The varsity eight finished runner-up by one second to Pacific Lutheran and ended the year in second place overall in the conference.
Hyde returned to the team after studying overseas last year and was in bow position for the varsity eight team, which earned NWC Women’s Crew of the Week honors in April. Putzke is the all-time record holder in erg time after setting the new mark earlier this season. She was in the No. 7 seat in the boat this year.
Lewis & Clark set best-ever marks under head coach Shawna Cyrus this season, winning five games in a row and eight over a nine-game stretch. The team was in Northwest Conference tournament contention during the last weekend of the season.
Sophomore Paige Salavea and freshman Emily Drevdahl were a lot of the reason and both made the All-NWC team. Earning first-team honors, Salavea led off the majority of the year and finished top six in the conference in batting average, hitting .400 for the entire season. She also finished top six in doubles, totaling 10. Drevdahl was named All-NWC Second-Team at designated player. She finished top 10 in RBI from conference games and was seventh in batting average with a .374 mark.
The Pioneers finished third in the Northwest Conference championship standings and won three tournaments over the fall and spring seasons. Two of the freshmen that led the way for Lewis & Clark, Mady Rhodenbaugh and Annie McCutchan, were selected All-NWC at last week’s NWC Championship.
Rhodenbaugh won three medals and the same number of NWC Student-Athlete of the Week honors. She won last fall’s Pacific Invitational and Willamette Cup and Willamette Spring Thaw this spring, and she placed sixth at the NWC Championship.
McCutchan finished one spot ahead of Rhodenbaugh at the NWC Championship after top 10 finishes in the Pioneers’ two prior, non-postseason tournaments.