PORTLAND, Ore. -- Coming out of doubles with a disadvantage, the Lewis & Clark Pioneers called on their singles players to show up big in order to beat the Pacific Boxers, 5-4.
Continuing with the pairings that have been successful for the team all season, Brenden and Gordon Barrows started at No. 1 doubles, while Raed Attia and Michael Brewer were on the court at No. 2. Scores were within one game on all three doubles courts early on, with the No. 1 and No. 2 pairs up while the No. 3 pair of Ben DeLuca and Jackson Powell held a one point deficit.
Both the No. 1 and No. 2 pair's tried to come back from a one point deficit later in the set, while Powell and Deluca fought back strongly, holding a three point lead at 6-3. They ended up pulling out the only win of the morning, defeating Ryan Murata and Ford Nakagawa 8-3. The other courts were stuck two games down at the end, with both No. 1 and No. 2 doubles ending up with 8-6 losses. The loss breaks the undefeated conference record of Brewer and Attia, who were 8-0 going into the match.
Singles didn't go much better for Attia, who lost in straight sets to Clark Wininger. The loss left the Pios down by two, and in need of wins in at least four of the remaining five singles matches. Brewer also lost at No. 2 singles, leaving the remaining matches to determine the Pios fate. Jackson Powell grabbed the first win for the Pios, defeating Pacific's Josh Bernstein, 6-3, 6-4.
A big win by G. Barrows brought Lewis & Clark another point. Barrows took down Reuben Mulhern, handing him his second loss of the season, and bringing his own record to 10-1. Their match went in to a tie breaker for the second set, after Barrows came back from a deficit to tie it up. He took 3 straight points in the tie breaker to win the set, and his match.
B. Barrows also won his match, defeating Sage Katayama, 6-3, 6-1. Both of the Barrows are now 10-1 in singles. His victory left the match tied. The last time that the two teams met, Lewis & Clark beat Pacific 5-4, again they were evenly matched in their second meeting.
At No. 6 singles, Deluca's match was the decider. He won the first set, before giving up the second. Going into a third set, his victory allowed the Pioneers the win against the Boxers.
Lewis & Clark takes the court at home for the last time on April 15 for senior day. They take on Puget Sound at 1 p.m.