PORTLAND, Ore. -- It was Senior Day for the No.31 Lewis & Clark men's tennis team and they defeated Pacific Boxers 6-3. This conference win improves the Pios record to 7-1 and overall record to 11-5.
During the doubles matches, every court had a battle being fought but the Pios got the short-end of the stick going down early 2-1. The top duo for the Pioneers, Seniors Gordon Barrows and Brenden Barrows, traded points with Oscar Wright and Rayden Murata for most of their match. But the Pioneer duo let the Pacific pair pull away in the end to win the match 8-5.
The No. 3 spot for the Pios was Raed Attia with Senior Kei Inoue up against Sean Murphy and Ford Nakagawa. The Pioneer duo was up 8-7 but the Pacific pair was able to win one more point to send the match into a tie-breaker. Inoue and R. Attia were able to pull out the win after winning the tie-breaker 7-4 with Inoue earning the final point.
In the singles matches, Lewis & Clark fought back winning five out of six to win the day 6-3. R. Attia was the first to finish at the No. 2 spot defeating Katayama 6-1, 6-3 followed by his duo partner Inoue at the No. 4 spot who also won 6-1, 6-2.
"I've been playing really well..." said Senior Inoue "for the past three to four weeks and I just wanted to keep the flow going for my team."
After both of these wins the Pios were up 3-2. The No. 3 match with G. Barrows finished next after Chung forfeited due to an injury. G. Barrows lead the match 6-4, 4-3 beforehand. Powell in the No. 1 spot then defeated Wight after a long three set match with scores of 4-6, 6-1, 7-6.
In the No. 6 spot for the Pios, Ramez Attia face-off against Riley Boyden and won the match 6-0, 6-3. Senior B. Barrows was the final match to finish and he lost to Murphy in the tie-breaker set 7-6, 4-6, (14-12).
"This year has been really good..." said Inoue "team has been really strong and our depth is a lot better this year. We have been having a lot of fun and winning has been really nice."
From the results of this weekend the Pioneers will be heading to the NWC Tournament on Saturday Apr. 21. The location and time of the event is TBA.