BEAVERTON, Ore. – Opening their 2012 men’s tennis season by playing an NCAA Division I opponent for only the second time in program history, the George Fox University Bruins dropped a 9-0 decision to the University of California-Davis Aggies in a non-conference match Saturday evening here at the Tualatin Hills Tennis Center.
The only previous time that George Fox played against a Division I team that counted on the record was on Feb. 4, 2001, when the Bruins fell 7-0 at Portland State University.
In the opening doubles round, the Aggies’ Hugo Verdi-Fortin and Kyle Miller doubled up the Bruins’ Shawn Aldrich and David Munoz 8-4 at No. 1, Alex Haley and Josh Albert topped Peter Brown and Justin McClain 8-2 at No. 2, and Toki Sherbakov and Chris Aria conquered Preston Mann and Drew Milton 8-3.
In singles, it was Sherbakov over Mann 6-1, 6-1 at No. 1; Miller over Aldrich 6-3, 6-0 at No. 2; Aria over McClain 6-2, 6-4 over No. 3; Albert over Milton 0-6, 6-0, 1-0 (10-8) at No. 4; Horowitz over Brown 6-1, 6-1 at No. 5; and Haley over Andy Tweet 6-0, 6-2 at No. 6.
“Our goal was to be competitive, and across the board we were,” commented George Fox coach Neal Ninteman. “It was a solid outing, especially considering it was our first match of the season. The guys battled bravely, and all the matches were actually quite competitive - much closer than the scores represent.”
The match was played at Tualatin Hills rather than the George Fox campus courts in order to assure a dry venue in case of rain.
NEXT: George Fox (0-1) travels to Walla Walla, Wash., a week from Sunday, Jan. 12, when the Bruins will take on the University of California-Santa Cruz at 8:00 a.m. in a non-conference neutral-site match at Whitman College. Later in the afternoon, at 2:00 p.m., the Bruins will open Northwest Conference play against the Whitman Missionaries, who are the league favorites ... Cal-Davis (2-2) remains in the Pacific Northwest this weekend, visiting the University of Portland Sunday for a 10:00 a.m. match.