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.
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.