OBERLIN, Ohio -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers picked up their second victory during a spring break trip to Ohio with a 5-4 win over the Oberlin Yeomen on Friday.
A sweep of the doubles matches proved critical, as the Pios won only two singles matches. In the No. 1 doubles spot, Gordon Barrows and Brenden Barrows outlasted Jeremy Lichtmacher and Ian Paik, 9-7, following a pair of 8-4 victories by Lewis & Clark teammates. Raed Attia and Michael Brewer were winners at No. 2 over Stephen Gruppuso and Michael Drougas, while Ben DeLuca and Jackson Powell defeated Abe Davis and Camron Cohen in third position. The win by DeLuca and Powell improved the pair to 4-0 in their doubles matches during the trip.
Three of Lewis & Clark's singles losses were in three sets. In a marathon tiebreaker, Brenden Barrows fell at No. 5, 3-6, 6-2, 1-0 (12-10), to Gittings, while Gordon Barrows lost the highest-seeded match of that group, 6-3, 4-6, 1-0 (10-3), to Drougas. DeLuca was beaten 6-2, 4-6, 1-0 (10-5) by Paul Farah.
Lewis & Clark sealed the victory when Powell secured a pair of 6-4 sets over Gruppuso in the No. 4 position, and Brewer, ranked 39th nationally, defeated Davis, 6-3, 6-1, at No. 2.
Raed Attia came up short to Paik, 6-2, 6-2, at No. 1.
Carnegie Mellon 5, Lewis & Clark 0
In their final match of the Ohio trip, the Pios fell 5-0 to No. 7 Carnegie Mellon on Saturday.
Ben DeLuca and Brewer were the only Lewis & Clark singles competitors to finish their matches, both defeats. DeLuca fell 6-1, 6-3 to Kiril Kirkov in fourth position, while Brewer was beaten 6-4, 6-3 to Downing.
Lewis & Clark resumes Northwest Conference matches at home on Apr. 8 against Pacific, which fell out of the national rankings in the newest Intercollegiate Tennis Association poll on Thursday. The Pios have two matches remaining until the NWC Championships on Apr. 22-23.
Other Northwest Conference Matches - Friday & Saturday
Holy Names 7, George Fox 2
Linfield 6, Pacific Lutheran 3