Pacific Lutheran Defeats Bearcats, 6-3, in Men's Tennis

Ferguson and Vincent Win Singles Matches for Willamette

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

SALEM, ORE. -- Pacific Lutheran University earned wins at #1 and #3 doubles, and added victories in four of six singles matches, to defeat Willamette University, 6-3, in a men's tennis match at the Courthouse Tennis Center on Saturday, March 10. The Lutes improved to 3-3 overall, 2-3 in the Northwest Conference, while the Bearcats dropped to 3-2 on the season, 3-2 in the NWC.

The dual meet hinged on a trio of three-set matches in singles. Pacific Lutheran won two of the matches, claiming wins at #5 and #6 singles. WU gained a three-set victory at #3 singles.

PLU's win at #5 singles went to Reed Gunstone, who dropped the second set, but edge out Devin Abney (Fr., Shoreline, WA/Shorecrest HS/U. of Redlands), 7-5, 1-6, 10-6, in the super tie-breaker played instead of a full third set. At #6 singles, Luke Olson of Pacific Lutheran won the first set and the third set to foil a rally by Will Agnew-Svoboda (So., Corvallis, OR/Corvallis HS), 6-1, 4-6, 6-2.

Garrett Vincent (So., Seattle, WA/Seattle Prep/Bellevue CC) of WU took #3 doubles in a super tie-breaker, outlasting Taylor Dickey, 7-5, 2-6, 10-6.

The Lutes also won #1 and #4 singles. Zack AhYat defeated Joshua Wong (Jr., Hilo, HI/Hilo HS), 6-1, 6-1, in the #1 match. At #4 singles, Spencer Herron won a pair of close sets, 6-3 and 6-4, against Will Cooper (So., Gresham, OR/Centennial HS).

Cody Ferguson (Sr., North Bend, OR/North Bend HS/Western Oregon Univ.) claimed #2 singles for Willamette, as he downed Daniel Cotton in a tie-breaker during the first set, 7-6 (7-4), before easily winning the second set, 6-1.

PLU gained an early 2-1 lead in doubles. AhYat and Dickey defeated Abney and Vincent at #1 doubles, 8-5. Wong and Ferguson of Willamette swept their way to an 8-0 win over Cotton and Olson at #2 doubles. Herron and Gladstone of PLU won #3 doubles over Cooper and Cameron Thompson (Jr., Torrance, CA/North Torrance HS), 8-4.

Willamette will compete in its third home match in four days when the Bearcats host Whitman College on Monday, March 12. Match time is set for 2 p.m. (PDT) at the WU Tennis Courts, but the action may be moved to the Courthouse Tennis Center at 1379 Madison St. NE if the weather prevents playing outdoors.

BOX SCORE
Pacific Lutheran University 6
Willamette University 3

Garrett Vincent outlasted Taylor Dickey at #3 singles to win in a super tie-breaker, 7-5, 2-6, 10-6.

Garrett Vincent outlasted Taylor Dickey at #3 singles to win in a super tie-breaker, 7-5, 2-6, 10-6.