Pioneers lose match of NWC undefeated teams

Pioneers lose match of NWC undefeated teams

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers took two of the three doubles matches and won two of the four top singles matches in a 5-4 defeat to the Whitman Blues on Friday at the L&C Tennis Dome.

Lewis & Clark took the 2-1 lead after doubles following wins in the No. 2 and 3 positions. Taking a big lead early, Pim Trouerbach and Jackson Powell had to battle to finalize match point against Daniel Foster and Alex Hwang, eventually winning a lengthy deuce sequence to secure an 8-4 win.

"Daniel was returning extremely well," said Trouerbach, who improved to 3-0 in doubles matches with Powell. "I was hoping I could make a good first serve and have Jackson put away a volley. I didn't feel too nervous on the deuce side, but I'm very glad we pulled it out."

At No. 3, Raed Attia and Kei Inoue moved to 5-0 as a pair this season with an 8-3 win over Gary Ho and Andreas Mueller-Immergluck.

In a battle of nationally-ranked doubles teams, 23rd-ranked Gordon Barrows and Brenden Barrows lost, 8-5, to third-ranked Zach Hewlin and Robert Carter.

"Whitman has been slowed down a little on doubles, but their singles lineup is extremely strong now," said Trouerbach. "The key is to beating them is to sweep doubles."

Trouerbach lost his No. 6 singles match to Chase Friedman, 7-5, 6-3, in the final match of the night, which gave the Blues the team victory.

Needing three singles wins to claim the team win, the Pioneers split the first four with the Blues (6-1, 3-0 NWC). Gordon Barrows and Ho each won a set 6-3 in the No. 3 singles match and went to a third-set tiebreaker, which Barrows won to take the match, 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7-4). Barrows has now won four straight.

At No. 4, Brenden Barrows did the same, getting his fourth win in a row by defeating Carter, 5-7, 6-4, 6-0. It was the second-fastest singles match of the night.

Attia fell in the top singles match to Hewlin, who had won the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Northwest Regional Championship singles title last fall. Hewlin won in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2. Competing at No. 2 against Ben Kirsh, Powell came back from a 6-3 opening-set loss to win 6-4 in the second before Kirsh closed out the third set, 6-0.

In fifth position, Inoue lost 6-1, 6-4 to Foster.

The match with Whitman is the first of three this weekend for the Pios. Lewis & Clark (5-3, 3-1 NWC) will host Whitworth in an NWC dual on Saturday before taking on 38th-ranked Southwestern on Sunday.

 

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