by Drew Moller
In a match that was moved to the Tualatin Hills Racquet Club due to bad weather, the Pioneers lost to the George Fox Bruins without winning a match. It was a frustrating day in Beaverton, but there was no lack of effort or desire from the Lewis & Clark team.
The most intense of the three doubles matches had to be at #1, where Peter Ray and Quinn Roth-Carter went up against Juan and Pedro Munoz. Rallying cries from both teams were heard throughout the courts as the teams battled for control at the net. Ray and Roth-Carter ended up losing the fierce exchange 8-5. At #2, Kerry White and Junya Furakawa faced George Fox's number one and two singles players, Scott Barnett and Nick Jenness. The George Fox team showed their skills and won 8-1.
In singles, Ray face and extremely consistent opponent in Barnett. Ray mixed up the strategy and played aggressively but Barnett would give nothing away. Ray came up short 6-1, 6-1. At the #4 and #5 spots Pfieffer and White stayed right with their opponents but could not string together enough points to take a set. Pfieffer lost 6-3, 6-3 and White lost 6-3, 6-4. The closest match of the day came at #2 singles. Furakawa took on Jenness in a hard fought three set battle. Jenness showcased his powerful serve and aggressive mentality while Furakawa showed why he is one the most dangerous counter-punchers that LC has. Once the points got started Furakawa had an advantage and Jenness made some errors. However, in the end Jenness' serve earned him too many free points. Furakawa lost in a super tiebreak third set 6-4, 3-6, 1-0 (10-6).
The Pioneers are back in the Tennis Dome tomorrow against the Northwest Conference powerhouse Whitman.