The men’s tennis team had a tough weekend, with losses to the Pacific Lutheran University Lutes and the Willamette University Bearcats.
The Wildcats played Pacific Lutheran, ending with an 8-1 loss March 2.
The Wildcat’s one point was earned by seniors Cody Levien and Zach Lyons playing No. 1 doubles for a hard-earned 9-7 victory.
In No. 2 singles, Lyons went three sets against the Lutes‘ Dan Cotton, 7-5, 4-6 and 6-2 before losing in the tie breaker.
Freshman Luke Kleinman, also played three sets, competing with the Lute’s Luke Olson, with Olson coming out on top, 6-2, 4-6 and 6-3.
In singles play, the Lutes had a pair of wins at No. 1 and No. 6.
In the featured match, Lutes’ Zack AhYat beat Levien, 6-1, 6-0, and at No. 6 it was Lutes’ Reed Gunstone defeated freshman Joel Trousdale, 6-1 and 6-3.
On March 3, the Wildcats faced Willamette for a 6-3 loss.
“All of the guys worked really hard. We’ve had a few tough matches but I think we’re really coming together as a team,” senior Ian Rapport said.
The match started out looking bright, with two victories in
Levien and Lyons, playing at No. 1 singles against Willamette’s leading duo of Devin Abney and Garrett Vincent, won 8-4, putting the Levien and Lyon at 5-0, as a duo, for the season.
Freshmen Ben Brewer and Trousdale also picked up a victory at No. 3 doubles, with a close 8-6 win over Willamette’s Will Cooper and Cameron Thompson.
Willamette captured five of the six singles pairings, including a tense 6-1, 2-6, 6-3 decision at No. 3, where the Bearcats’ Cody Ferguson topped Freshman, Micah Roos, .
Lyons, playing No. 2 singles earned the ‘Cats’ third point with a 6-0, 6-3 win over Vincent.
The Bearcats owned the lower three flights.
Cooper beat Kleinman 6-3, 6-4 at No. 4, Abney was a 6-4, 6-2 winner over Brewer at No. 5, and Willamette’s Will Agnew-Svoboda beat freshman Tyler Day 6-2, 6-4 at No. 6.
“It was a pretty tough match” Lyons said, “ But we all played hard.”
Rapport praised Lyon’s performance, saying, “I think Zach has been one of the most consistent parts of the team this year.”
With seven freshman on the team, the Wildcat’s are in the middle of a rebuilding season.
“The last few matches have been tough, but we have a lot of young talent.” Rapport said.
This weekend’s matches put the Wildcats at 3-1in NWC rankings.
The Wildcats will be returning to their home courts for the next three matches.
Next Saturday, the Wildcats host Puget Sound at the Linfield Tennis Center. The ‘Cats then battle defending NWC champion Whitman Sunday.
Caleb Goad/Staff writer
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