NEWBERG, Ore. -- The Pioneers won every set but two in an 8-1 Northwest Conference win against the George Fox Bruins on Sunday. Lewis & Clark is now 9-1 in NWC play, while George Fox is 5-3.
To start off the matchup, the Pioneers won all three doubles matches. The tightest match was at No. 1, where Brenden Barrows and Gordon Barrows took on Spencer Watanabe and Alex Namba, beating them 8-6. At No. 3, Ben DeLuca and Jackson Powell only allowed two games against, securing an 8-2 win. The No. 2 pair of Michael Brewer and Raed Attia also won quickly, posting an 8-3 score.
Singles play was more challenging, with both Brewer and Attia facing tough matches. Brewer, at No. 2, took the first set, 7-6, after Matt Biggi tied up the score. The second set saw less contention, with Brewer winning 6-4.
It was a big win for Brewer, who has been undefeated in singles and doubles play since the last time that the Pios took on George Fox on Feb. 26. During that match, Brewer dropped two sets to Biggi and only won one. This time, his straight sets win was redemption.
At the No. 1 spot, Attia faced Watanabe, who was ranked 18th in the nation in a Nov. 1 Intercollegiate Tennis Association poll. Watanabe beat Attia, 6-4, 6-2.
The rest of the singles matches were won in straight sets. Powell's match at No. 4 was a highlight, as he didn't drop a single game, winning 6-0, 6-0. At No. 3, G. Barrows only let two games against, winning 6-1 in both sets. B. Barrows played at No. 5, winning the first set with an impressive 6-0 score and solidifying his win with a 6-4 second set. DeLuca also won at No. 6, with set scores of 6-2 both times.
With a week to gear up, the Pioneers head to Ohio on Mar. 26 to take on several top-50 teams.
Other Northwest Conference Scores - Sunday
Pacific 7, Colorado Col. 2
Linfield 8, Willamette 1