LC Men Fall To UPS
by Jimmy Chau
It was a battle to get out of the Northwest Conference cellar and the University of Puget Sound pulled out the victory to get their first win of the season, 8-1. It continues to be a learning experience for the young Pioneers who once again played without their number one player.
The day started with a great comeback win in the number two doubles position. Down 7-3 against George Murphy and Ben Burger who were playing very well, the duo of Junya Furakawa and Wataru Nakamura rallied to win five straight games before being taken into a tie-breaker. As both teams cheered every point down the stretch, the LC pair came up with the goods when it counted. “It was nice to see Junya and Wataru pull out a close one finally. The two have lost quite a few close matches before but played really smart and solid when it counted today,” said coach Chau. In singles play, it was Peter Ray again who stepped up his game in the number one position. Ray took the first set in a tie-breaker but couldn’t hold on to his momentum as Sam Finkleman took the final two sets 6-4, 6-3 to claim the victory.
The Pios stay home and take on the Willamette Bearcats at 3:00 pm on Sunday.