SALEM, Ore. - The Lewis & Clark men's tennis team put on a strong performance at the Willamette Bearcats on Friday afternoon in Northwest Conference action, defeating the Bearcats 7-2. In the two points the Pioneers did not earn they forced the Bearcats to go to tie-breaker sets.
The Pioneers swept the Bearcats in doubles play, starting off with a win for Michael Brewer and Cameron Smith at the No. 1 position. Brewer and Smith picked up an 8-5 win over Abney and Cooper. Kevin Ross and Morgan Joyce had a battle on their hands against Lee and his partner but were able to pull out a 9-8 (7-5) victory. Daniel Hahm and his partner Parker Nichols took down their competition 8-4 at the No. 3 spot.
In singles, Brewer rolled past his opponent 6-1, 6-0 as the Pioneers player. Ross also won his match with ease, taking down Cooper 6-3, 6-2 in the No. 2 spot, while Hahm cruised by Schreiber 6-2 in both sets. Joyce earned the other Pioneers point in singles, taking down Blake Brash 6-1, 6-3 at No. 5 singles.
Smith had his hands full in the No. 4 spot, battling Abney and eventually falling. The Bearcat took the first set 6-4, but Smith battled back to take the second set by the same score. In the deciding set Smith was unable to hold on, slipping 10-8, losing the match. Scott Monismith also took his match to three sets, falling behind early after falling to Lee 6-1. Monismith regrouped to take the second set 6-3. Like Smith, Monismith was unable to pull out the deciding set also falling 10-8.
Lewis & Clark travels to Puget Sound on Saturday, March 8 for a 1 p.m. start.