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MTEN: WILLAMETTE 8, GEORGE FOX 1 - Bruins Drop 1st under New Coach to Bearcats
BEAVERTON, Ore. - All good things, it is said, must come to an end, and for new George Fox University men's tennis coach Neal Ninteman, his first loss after wins in the Bruins' first two matches of the spring 2010 season came at the hands of the Willamette University Bearcats 8-1 late Saturday afternoon here at the West Hills Racquet Club.
The Bruins' lone win on the day came at No. 1 singles, in which 2009 Second Team All-Northwest Conference performer Scott Barnett ousted the Bearcats' Matthew Houser 6-0, 4-6, 1-0 (10-6). All the other singles and all three of the doubles went to the visitors.
Willamette got going with the doubles sweep as Cody Ferguson and Joshua Wong defeated the Munoz brothers, Pedro and Juan, 9-7 at No. 1; Michael Baumgartner and Luke Lagattuta downed Barnett and Nick Jenness 8-3 at No. 2; and Houser and Micah Mack cruised past Matthew Gardner and Garrett Thompson 8-1 at No. 3.
After Barnett gave the Bruins their only victory, the Bearcats finished off the match as Baumgartner knocked off Pedro Munoz 6-2, 6-2 at No. 2; Ferguson downed Juan Munoz 6-2, 6-2 at No. 3; Wong swept Jenness 6-0, 6-0 at No. 4; Lagattuta defeated Gardner 6-2, 6-0 at No. 5; and Mack split with Luke Pritchard 1-6, 6-3 before winning the finale 6-0 at No. 6
The Bruins fell to 2-1 with the setback and 1-1 in NWC play. Willamette is now 1-2 overall but 1-0 in the league.
George Fox visits Whitman College next Saturday at 2:00 p.m. while Willamette hosts Pacific University Friday at 1:00 p.m. in conference play.