PORTLAND, Ore. -- Led by a quick doubles sweep, the Lewis & Clark Pioneers defeated the Puget Sound Loggers by a 9-0 margin to open the spring season on Saturday at the L&C Tennis Dome. The match was a non-Northwest Conference set.
"It was nice to get out today and compete against someone other than ourselves," said head coach Patrick Dreves. "Our energy level was great and we competed well overall."
Lewis & Clark's No. 4-6 singles entries didn't drop a set. Kei Inoue beat Lowell Hutton at No. 4, Brendan Adams was a winner over Byron Graham in the fifth spot and Pim Trouerbach blanked Jose Sebastian Linar at No. 6.
The Pios play three matches in Walla Walla, Wash. next weekend. On Saturday, they'll go against Trinity at noon before facing Redlands five hours later. On Sunday, Lewis & Clark plays a non-conference match against Whitman. All three opponents are ranked in the Oracle/ITA Division III Men's Collegiate Tennis Rankings.
"Really excited to see how we will match up next weekend against three of the top teams in the country," said Dreves.
Redlands is 11th in the initial national poll, Trinity is 13th and Whitman is 14th.