Men’s tennis falls to undefeated Boxers

Sara Levering, Staff Writer

Linfield men’s tennis fell 9-0 to the Pacific University Boxers on a rainy Saturday afternoon. The Boxers remain unbeaten in Northwest Conference play.

Linfield had some great opportunities to earn team points.

The first chance was at the third doubles position consisting of Charlie Farrenkopf, ’17, and Carter Pentz, ’19, who battled back and fourth against Pacific’s duo but eventually fell 9-8, in a tiebreaker.

At number two doubles, Tim Hawkins, ’16, and Trent Prussing, ’19, pushed toward a win but fell in an 8-4 loss. In top flight doubles, Ben McNair, ’18, and Jacob Mangan, ’19, were blanked 8-0.

In singles action, the Boxers won all six flights in straight sets.

Liam Spearnak, ’18, put up a great fight at number six before falling 6-3, 7-5. McNair also put up a good fight before residing himself 6-3, 6-2.

Prussing in the two singles position fell 6-1, 6-1. Pentz at third fell 6-0, 6-2. Mangan was defeated 6-4, 6-1 at number four and Farrenkopf fell 6-1, 6-1 at number five.

“Play went well, we did a good job of competing, especially in doubles. Our two and three doubles had tight matches and put themselves in good position to win,” Mangan said.

“[The team] just needs to get better and we’ll get there,” Mangan said.

Head coach Ben Belletto said, “We competed well throughout the day, with chances at No. 2 and 3 doubles. We were up a break at two and lost three doubles in a tiebreaker.”

“We’re getting closer to being in that conversation and the opportunity to play with a lead,” he said.