Bearcats Win Four Singles Matches in 6-3 Victory over Lewis & Clark

By Robert McKinney, Athletics Communications Director, (503) 370-6110

(MEN'S TENNIS) SALEM, ORE. -- Willamette University earned victories in four singles positions, as the Bearcats claimed a 6-3 win over Lewis & Clark College on Saturday, March 3 at the Courthouse Tennis Club. WU also claimed triumphs at #2 doubles and #3 doubles, while improving to 3-5 overall, 3-4 in the NWC. Lewis & Clark fell to 2-3 overall, with all five matches in the NWC.

Willamette’s most decisive win was earned by Geoff Klein (Jr., Sagle, ID/Sandpoint HS) at #6 singles. Klein defeated Tom Youmans, 6-1, 6-1. The Bearcats also received singles wins from Eric MacMillan (Jr., Twin Falls, ID/Twin Falls HS) at #2, Shaun Mihalick (Sr., Mukilteo, WA/Eastlake HS) at #4 and Micah Mack (Fr., Wenatchee, WA/Wenatchee HS) at #5.

In their #2 doubles match, Mihalick and Mack defeated George Allen and Peter Ray of L&C, 8-5. At #3 doubles, Willamette’s team of Klein and Ethan Heinirich (Fr., San Carlos, CA/Davis HS) downed Lewis & Clark’s pair of Andrew Moller and Matthias Kullawatz, 8-4.

The Pioneers earned all three of their wins in closely contested matches. Allen won #1 singles over Donovan LeDoux (Fr., Keizer, OR/McNary HS) , 2-6, 6-4, 6-3, while Luke Wheeler edged Fitz Paccione (Jr., Encinitas, CA/Cathedral Catholic HS) at #3 singles, 6-2, 2-6, 6-4. Wheeler and David Lindsay combined to win #1 doubles over LeDoux and MacMillan in a tie-breaker, 9-8 (7-5).

Willamette will host Linfield College in a Northwest Conference match on Sunday, March 4. The action is set to get underway at 1 p.m. (PST) at the Courthouse Tennis Club, but may be moved to the Willamette University Tennis Courts (outdoors) if the weather permits.

Saturday, March 3
Courthouse Tennis Club
Salem, Ore.

Willamette University 6, Lewis & Clark 3

Singles
#1 - George Allen (L&C) defeated Donovan LeDoux (WU), 2-6, 6-4, 6-3
#2 - Eric MacMillan (WU) defeated David Lindsay (L&C), 7-5, 6-2
#3 - Luke Wheeler (L&C) defeated Fitz Paccione (WU), 6-2, 2-6, 6-4
#4 - Shaun Mihalick (WU) defeated Peter Ray (L&C), 6-2, 7-5
#5 - Micah Mack (WU) defeated Andrew Moller (WU), 6-1, 6-3
#6 - Geoff Klein (WU) defeated Tom Youmans (L&C), 6-1, 6-1

Doubles
#1 - Wheeler and Lindsay (L&C) defeated LeDoux and MacMillan (WU), 9-8 (7-5)
#2 - Mihalick and Mack (WU) defeated Allen and Ray (L&C), 8-5
#3 - Klein and Ethan Heinrich (WU) defeated Moller and Matthias Kullawatz (L&C), 8-4

Records: Willamette, 3-5 overall, 3-4 NWC; Lewis & Clark, 2-3 overall, 2-3 NWC