Milton Named BAA Athlete of the Week for Second Time, HM for Conference Honors
NEWBERG, Ore. - A match in which he did not lose a game and a win in what is believed to be the longest tiebreaker in George Fox University history has earned Drew Milton the Bruin Athletic Association Men’s Athlete of the Week award for Apr. 2-8, as well as honorable mention for NWC Men’s Tennis Student-Athlete of the Week.
Milton, a junior from Newcastle, Calif., via Sierra College, began the weekend by teaming with David Munoz for an 8-0 win at No. 2 doubles vs. Pacific Lutheran’s Noel Oteng- Mensah and Raymond DeLeon on the road on Friday. He then won 6-0, 6-0 at No. 3 singles vs. Oteng-Mensah. On Saturday at Puget Sound, he again teamed with Munoz at No. 3 doubles to defeat the Loggers’ John Stevens and Abe Noyes 8-6. At No. 2 singles vs. Michael Cutter, he dropped the opening set 6-4, came back to win the second 6-2, then hung on in an epic 15-13 third-set tiebreaker to finish the week with a 4-0 record.
Milton’s season record now stands at 10-6 in singles and 9-7 in doubles, including a 7-0 record when paired with Munoz. His play has been a significant part of the Bruins’ success. George Fox is now 9-7 overall and 8-3 in the conference, the second-most wins in a season for the Bruins and the best conference slate ever. Only the 1998 team, which went 10-8 overall, has won more matches, and that same team went 7-7 in conference play, previously the Bruins’ best record in the league.
This is Milton’s second time to be named the BAA Athlete of the Week, having also won the honors for Mar. 12-18. Other Bruin tennis players to win the award this year are Shawn Aldrich (Sept. 19-25) and Justin McClain (Mar. 5-11). He has been honorable mention for NWC honors three times (Feb. 27-Mar. 4, Mar. 12-18, and Apr. 2-8), while Aldrich (Feb. 13-19), Preston Mann (Feb. 20-26), McClain (Mar. 5-11), and Munoz (Mar. 26-Apr. 1) have also been honorable mention.
The George Fox Athlete of the Week Award for both men and women is presented throughout the Bruin sports seasons by the Bruin Athletic Association, whose mission is to provide George Fox student-athletes with an outstanding athletic and academic experience and to strengthen the overall competitiveness of the Bruin athletics program. For more information about the organization or to become a member, visit the Bruin Athletic Association website.
2011-12 Bruin Athletic Association Men’s Athletes of the Week
Aug. 29-Sept. 4 - Jacob Baker (Soccer)
Sept. 5-11 - Luke Hammer (Soccer)
Sept. 12-18 - Mike Ulstad (Golf)
Sept. 19-25 - Shawn Aldrich (Tennis)
Sept. 26-Oct. 2 - Joseph Pia (Cross Country)
Oct. 3-9 - Chris Lumsden (Golf)
Oct. 10-16 - Luke Hammer (Soccer)
Oct. 17-23 - Aleks Gabrio (Golf)
Oct. 24-30 - Kyle Dreibelbis (Cross Country)
Oct. 31-Nov. 6 - Elliott Davis (Soccer)
Nov. 7-13 - Kyle Dreibelbis (Cross Country)
Nov. 14-20 - Corey Clark (Basketball)
Nov. 21-27 - A.J. Grant (Basketball)
Nov. 28-Dec. 4 - Mike Taylor (Basketball)
Dec. 5-11 - Sean Atkins (Basketball)
Dec. 12-25 - Anthony Sanchez (Basketball)
Dec. 26-Jan. 8 - Mike Taylor (Basketball)
Jan. 9-15 - Sean Atkins (Basketball)
Jan. 16-22 - Mike Taylor (Basketball)
Jan. 23-29 - Sean Atkins (Basketball)
Jan. 30-Feb. 5 - Mike Taylor (Basketball)
Feb. 6-12 - Sean Atkins (Basketball)
Feb. 13-19 - David Greenstein (Baseball)
Feb. 20-26 - Brian Ranta (Baseball)
Feb. 27-Mar. 4 - Taylor Dunn (Baseball)
Mar. 5-11 - Justin McClain (Tennis)
Mar. 12-18 - Drew Milton (Tennis)
Mar. 19-25 - Brian Ranta (Baseball)
Mar. 26-Apr. 1 - Micah Strong (Track)
Apr. 2-8 - Drew Milton (Tennis)
Bruins No. 12 in West Region, Looking to Move Up after Going 3-0 Since Last Rankings
NEWBERG, Ore. – For the first time since 2000 and only the second time since the introduction of men’s tennis to the campus in 1996, the George Fox University Bruins were listed in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s weekly regional rankings, coming in at No. 12 among NCAA Division III West Region teams in the standings of Mar. 15.
Since that time, the Bruins have gone 3-0 to improve to 9-7. The next regional rankings are due out on Apr. 12, so the Bruins seem assured of remaining in the regional rankings. George Fox has one more match (at Whitworth University on Apr. 14 at 1:00 p.m.) before the Northwest Conference Tournament Apr. 21-22.
The only other time the Bruins have been regionally ranked was early in the 2000 season when they got off to a 4-4 start and were ranked 13th. George Fox has never been nationally ranked.
All national and regional rankings by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association may be found on their website at http://www.itatennis.com/AwardsAndRankings/Rankings.htm.