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GEORGE FOX 9, PUGET SOUND 0: Bruins Post 2nd Straight Shutout in Win over Loggers
NEWBERG, Ore. – Led by Drew Milton’s dramatic 15-13 win over Michael Cutter in a third-set tiebreaker, the George Fox University Bruins posted their second straight 9-0 win as they blanked the visiting University of Puget Sound Loggers in a Northwest Conference men’s tennis match Saturday afternoon here at the GFU campus courts.
The Bruins opened play by capturing all three doubles matches. Preston Mann and Shawn Aldrich downed Ben Miller and Cutter 8-3 at No. 1, Peter Brown and Justin McClain too an 8-2 win over Jake Peterson and George Murphy at No. 2, and Milton and David Munoz edged John Stevens and Abe Noyes 8-6 at No. 3.
With Mann and Aldrich, normally the Bruins’ top two singles players, being rested, the rest of the Bruins moved up, and Milton’s duel with Cutter at No. 2 turned into a marathon. Cutter took the first set 6-4 before Milton evened it with a 6-2 second-set win. The third-set tiebreaker, which usually is the first player to win 10 points by two, went 10 extra rallies before Milton prevailed 15-13.
The five other singles matches went to the Bruins in relatively comfortable fashion. McClain manhandled Miller 6-0, 6-3 at No. 1; Munoz broke Murphy 6-1, 6-3 at No. 3; Brown stopped Stevens 6-0, 6-1 at No. 4; Tweet eliminated Noyes 6-0, 6-1 at No. 5; and Ben Fullhart topped Peterson 6-3, 6-0 at No. 6.
“Justin and Drew stepped up big to fill in at one and two,” noted Bruin coach Neal Ninteman. “Drew’s battle at No. 2 was a classic! Ben was playing in the lineup for the first time at No. 6 and had an impressive win as well.”
George Fox is now 9-7 overall and 8-3 in the conference, with a berth in the NWC Tournament already clinched. The Bruins are one win away from tying their record for the most wins in a season, the previous best coming with a 10-8 record in 1998. Puget Sound fell to 1-14 overall and 1-10 in the NWC.
NEXT: George Fox ends conference play next Saturday at Whitworth University with a 1:00 p.m. match ... Puget Sound completes its season Friday with a 4:00 p.m. at home against Linfield College.