PORTLAND, Ore. -- Both teams had an undefeated record at stake when the Lewis & Clark Pioneers took on the Whitman Blues on Sunday at the L&C Tennis Dome. Dropping their first match of the season, the Pios could only win two of their nine matches, losing 7-2.
Doubles started out with a loss for the Pios, as Gordon Barrows and Brenden Barrows weren't able to pull off a win against the nationally-ranked pair of Zach Hewlin and Petar Jivkov. They lost 8-5, with the quickest of the doubles matches. At the No. 3 spot, Jackson Powell and Ben DeLuca lost 9-8.
"It felt great to get the win in doubles," said sophomore Attia. "It was a huge win for me and Micheal to stay undefeated and [Hoeger and Carter] are one of the best teams in our conference."
Going into singles with a deficit for the first time this season, the Pios needed to win at least four of the six singles matches in order to get a win. However, that wasn't the reality.
Powell was the first to drop his match, unable to save points in a 6-3, 6-3 loss at the No. 4 spot. G. Barrows had a closer match. After dropping the first set, 6-7, a second set win of 7-5 put momentum in his favor heading into the final set. However, he was unable to finish, losing 6-2.
Brewer posted the only singles win of the match for the Pioneers. The first set went to seven, with the margin to either player never exceeding one game. Brewer eventually took the set, 7-6, before an easier second set secured the win, 6-4.
B. Barrows lost his first set, 3-6, and couldn't respond in the second. He wasn't able to capitalize on his early lead in the second set, dropping five games in a row to lose 6-2.
At No. 1, Attia fought hard in a close loss. "I took the same energy into singles [as in doubles] and I tried to give it my best and win, but it was a tough match and Zach played great tennis," said Attia. After winning the first set, 6-3, things looking to be in Attia's favor. However, after a hard 7-5 loss in the second set, he lost steam. Going into the third set with leg cramps, Attia lost 6-1.
Lewls & Clark is on the road Mar. 26 - Apr. 1 in Ohio, during which time they take on several top-40 teams including Case Western, Denison, Kenyon and Oberlin.
"I think to get ready for Ohio the whole team needs to spend a lot of time working out off the court to be in the best physical shape we can be in," said Attia. "We will have a tough week in Ohio and we need to be mentally and physically ready to battle."
Northwest Conference play resumes on Apr. 8 with a home match against Pacific.
Other Northwest Conference Scores - Sunday
Pacific Lutheran 7, Willamette 2
Pacific 5, Whitworth 4