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MTEN: WHITMAN 9, GEORGE FOX 0 - Bruins Blanked by Nationally-Ranked Missionaries
WALLA WALLA, Wash. - A dominating performance in doubles carried over into the singles matches as the nationally-ranked Whitman College Missionaries blanked the George Fox University Bruins 9-0 without losing a set in Northwest Conference men's tennis action Saturday afternoon here in the Bratton Tennis Center.
The best battle in the opening set of doubles matches came at No. 2, where the Bruins' Scott Barnett and Nick Jenness inched in front 3-2 before the Missionaries' Christoph Fuchs and Quin Miller won six of the next seven games for an 8-4 victory. The other two matches were all Whitman as Matt Solomon and Etienne Moshevich rolled to a 8-0 victory at No. 1 against Pedro and Juan Munoz, and Jasper Follows and Jeff Tolman went up 7-0 before defeating Josh Williford and Matthew Gardner 8-1 at No. 3.
The top four matches in singles were played on the BTC's four indoor courts. In the featured match at No. 1, Solomon overcame some early resistance en route to a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Barnett; Moshevich was a 6-0, 6-1 winner over Pedro Munoz at No. 2; Tolman survived a second-set test for a 6-1, 7-5 victory over Juan Munoz at No. 3; and Chris Bailey posted a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Jenness.
The No. 5 and No. 6 singles were played on the Whitman outdoor courts in sunny yet chilly conditions. Follows won 6-0, 6-0 at No. 6, beating Chris Schoon, and it was Fuchs dispatching Gardner 6-2, 6-2 at No. 5.
George Fox slipped to 2-2 overall and 1-2 in the conference. Whitman, which is ranked 26th nationally and 6th in the NCAA Division III West Region, improved to 4-1 overall and 3-0 in the league.
The Bruins return to action Friday, hosting the University of Puget Sound in a conference match at 2:00 p.m. The Missionaries, who have won 53 consecutive NWC regular season matches dating back to the spring of 2006 and are the two-time defending NWC champions, are off until March 6, when they will host Willamette University.