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WHITMAN 9, GEORGE FOX 0: Bruins Better but Still Fall to 19th-Ranked Missionaries
NEWBERG, Ore. - Playing one of their more competitive matches in years against the Northwest Conference’s standard bearer in men’s tennis the past several seasons, the George Fox University Bruins nevertheless dropped a 9-0 decision to the visiting Whitman College Missionaries Sunday afternoon here at the GFU campus courts.
Whitman, ranked 19th nationally in the NCAA Division III pre-season rankings by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association and 6th in the West Region, had picked up an 8-1 win in the morning over at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Ore., before taking on the Bruins. The Missionaries improved to 2-2 overall and 2-0 in the conference with their two wins, while the Bruins slipped to 2-1 overall and 1-1 in the NWC.
The Missionaries opened the contest by taking the three doubles matches as Conor Holton-Burke and Andrew La Cava downed the Bruins’ Scott Barnett and Preston Mann 8-4 at No. 1, Jeff Tolman and Etienne Moshevich prevailed 8-2 over Peter Brown and Josiah Jackson at No. 2, and Quin Miller and Matt Tesmond topped Justin McClain and Andy Tweet 8-2 at No. 3.
In singles, Barnett forced a three-set match with Holton-Burke at No. 1. Barnett had dropped the first set 6-4 and was down 5-4 in the second when he broke Holton-Burke’s serve and went on to even the match with a 7-5 win. However, the Whitman player won the third-set breaker 10-6.
The Missionaries swept the other singles in straight sets. La Cava conquered Brown 6-3, 6-1 at No. 2, Bailey stopped Mann after a close first set 7-5, 6-1 at No. 3, Sam Sadeghi knocked off McClain 6-4, 6-2 at No. 4, Adriel Borshansky beat Jackson 6-1, 6-1 at No. 5, and Steven Roston downed Nolan Staples 6-2, 6-1 at No. 6.
“Whitman has been the team to beat for a long time, and our goal has been to be competitive with them,” said George Fox coach Neal Ninteman. “We certainly went a long way toward that goal today. Scott did a great job coming back in the second set to force a tiebreaker, and Preston gave their guy all he could handle in the first set. I am quite pleased with the progress we are making.”
NEXT: George Fox goes on the road for the first time this spring next Sunday as the Bruins travel to Parkland, Wash., to meet Pacific Lutheran University for a 2:00 p.m. match. ... Whitman visits Willamette University Monday at 1:00 p.m.