SPOKANE, Wash. - The Lewis & Clark men's tennis team nearly picked up its second Northwest Conference win on Saturday, but fell just short at the Whitworth Pirates, falling 5-4.
The Pioneers fall to 1-4 on the season and 1-2 in the NWC. Whitworth moves to 3-2 overall and 3-2 in conference.
The two teams split singles point with the Pioneers getting points from Michael Brewer (No. 1), Kevin Ross (No. 2) and Carter Gee-Taylor (No. 6). Brewer had to fight through three sets in order to get his point for L&C, defeating Drew Brigham 6-1 in the opening set before falling 1-6 in second set. Brewer bounced back earning the point with a 6-4 win in the third set. Ross had an easier path to his point, taking down Chris Engelmann 6-4, 6-2. Gee-Taylor had the most work to do for Lewis & Clark, falling 2-6 in the first set before pulling out a 7-6 (7-3) win in the second set and a 1-0 (10-7) win in the third.
Daniel Hahm put up a fight as the Pioneers No. 3 but fell 7-6 (7-4), 6-3, while Morgan Joyce (No. 4) dropped his sets 6-4, 6-3. Scott Monismith was the Pios final singles player falling 6-4, 6-2 in the No. 5 position.
Whitworth pulled out the victory with two of the three doubles points. Hahm and Joyce picked up the Pios only doubles point, defeating Troy Patterson and Blake Miller 8-6 as the No. 2. Brewer and Ross fell 8-4 (No. 1), while Gee-Taylor and Ben Sands (No. 3) fell 8-3.
Lewis & Clark heads to Walla Walla for its next match on Sunday, March 2 at 10 a.m. against Whitman.