Pios sweep the Bearcats in season opener

Pios sweep the Bearcats in season opener

SALEM, Ore. – In 43 degree weather, Lewis & Clark started out their season with an outdoor match hosted by the Willamette Bearcats.  Ranked #32 in the NCAA Division III Poll released by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, the Pioneers swept the singles and doubles matches on Sunday, earning a 9-0 win in the Northwest Conference opener for both teams.

Lewis & Clark, ranked eighth in the West Region, gained an early lead with strong play during the doubles matches. The number one doubles match featured Gordon Barrows and Brenden Barrows, while Michael Brewer and David Furman were at number two.

Both pairs won their first set, with the Barrows' outlasting Willamette's Gunnar Lee and Aaron Schechter in an 8-5 win. Brewer and Furman went on to win their match 8-3 over Hunter Yee and Colin Fisher.

Number three doubles was Ben Deluca and Pim Trouerbach, who defeated Douglas Hochmuth and Derek Lund of the Bearcats (0-2, 0-1 NWC), 8-2. Keane Hindle and Raed Attia also were victorious in doubles, winning 8-2, although only the first three courts wins counted.
Lewis & Clark brought home all six singles matches in straight sets, with Brewer playing at number one. In a competitive first set, Brewer gained a service break after dipping to 5-4, and took advantage to win the set 7-6, after winning a tie breaker, 7-4. In the second set, Brewer hit his stride, defeated the Bearcat opponent, 6-1. At the two spot, Attia took two 6-2 sets to take down Aaron Schecter, while Gordon Barrows swept Hunter Yee in a pair of 6-0 sets at number three singles.

Furman took home the number four spot, 6-4, 6-1. DeLuca tore down the Bearcats number five winning 6-0, 6-3. At number six, Brenden Barrows took the second set with a narrow margin, 6-4, after a 6-2 win in the first set. 

The Pios are now 1-0 on the season, and 1-0 in NWC play.

The Lewis & Clark men return home Feb. 18 at 2 p.m. to take on Pacific University. 

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