TACOMA, Wash. - The Lewis & Clark men's tennis team earned a date with the Whitman Missionaries in the opening round of the Northwest Conference Tennis Tournament after defeating the Pacific Lutheran Lutes 7-2 on Saturday.
The Pioneers are the #4 seed heading into the tournament and will take on the #1 Missionaries on Friday, April 25 at 10 a.m. If the Pioneers win, they will take on the winner of the #2 Pacific/#3 George Fox on Saturday, April 26.
Lewis & Clark took two of the three doubles points with wins from the No. 1 duo and No. 2 team. Morgan Joyce and Daniel Hahm teamed up to defeat Spencer Herron and Jake Yannello 9-7 in the top spot. Michael Brewer and Kevin Ross won their match by the same margin, defeating Neal Berg and Sam Angel. Scott Monismith and Cameron Smith put up a fight in the No. 3 spot, but came up short falling 8-5 to Sam Stadter and James Okubo.
The Pios took home points in the top three singles positions, as well as the final two spots. Brewer started things as the No. 1, taking down Stadter 6-2, 6-2. Ross made quick work of Angel beating him 6-2, 6-4. Hahm had to battle through three sets in order to capture his point. After falling 6-3 in the opening set, Hahm bounced back to win the final two 6-2, 6-0.
Joyce had his hands full with Yannello, falling 6-3, 6-0 as the Pios No. 4. Monismith captured a point in the No. 5 spot, taking down Harron 6-2, 6-3. Ben Sands earned the Pioneers final point in the No. 6 spot, defeating Jeremy March 7-5, 6-2.