WHAT’S BRUIN: Men’s Tennis News & Notes 4/19

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Overall Record: 10-7 (Home 4-4, Road 6-2, Neutral 0-1)

NWC Record: 9-3, 3rd (Home 3-2, Road 6-1) 

HIGHLIGHTS:

* COMING UP: Bruins Return to NWC Tournament for 1st Time Since 2005

* McClain Claims BAA Award, Honorable Mention for Conference Honors 

* COMING UP: Bruins Return to NWC Tournament for 1st Time Since 2005 

NORTHWEST CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT, Apr. 21-22, Walla Walla, Wash.

1 - Sat., Apr. 21, 10:00 a.m. - Whitworth University (11-8) vs. Whitman College (19-7)

2 - Sat., Apr. 21, 2:00 p.m. - George Fox University (10-7) vs. Pacific University (13-5)

3 - Sun., Apr. 22, 11:00 a.m. - Winner Match 1 vs. Winner Match 2 

NEWBERG, Ore. – When last the George Fox University Bruins appeared in the Northwest Conference Men’s Tennis Tournament, in 2005, their presence in the tournament was a forgone conclusion - back then, all nine teams in the conference got to play in the post-season tournament! 

The times and the rules have changed, with only the top four teams making the tournament, and the Bruins will be making their first post-season appearance under the new system in the third year of a rebuilding effort by head coach Neal Ninteman when they meet the Pacific University Boxers this Saturday, Apr. 21, at 2:00 p.m. in Walla Walla, Wash.   The host Whitman College Missionaries and the Whitworth University Pirates will meet in the other semi-final earlier in the day at 10:00 a.m.  The two winners will advance to the NWC Tournament finals Sunday at 11:00 a.m., with the champion earning the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III National Tournament. 

Weather permitting, all matches will be played at Whitman’s four outdoor courts.  In case of rain, the matches will be moved to the four indoor courts at the nearby Bratton Tennis Center.  For more information on the pairings and the tournament, and to follow via live stats, visit the Whitman men’s tennis website at http://www.whitman.edu/whitman/index.cfm?objectid=C1B18E35-E3C5-11CE-C08AD20D931868B3

George Fox (10-7, NWC 9-3, 3rd): George Fox has equaled its single season record for wins (the 1998 team, in the program’s third season, went 10-8) ... The Bruins are ranked No. 12 in the NCAA Division III West Region in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association coaches’ poll ... The Bruins have won four in a row and five of their last six ... In the Bruins’ seven previous NWC Tournament appearances (1998-2005) when all teams made it and a team-vs.-team rather than individual-vs.-individual format was used, they have a 6-16 overall record ... The Bruins’ highest finish in the NWC Tournament was sixth place in 2003 ... Against this year’s tournament opponents, George Fox is 0-1 vs. Pacific (L 4-5 at home), 0-2 vs. Whitman (L 0-9 on the road and 3-6 at home), and 2-0 vs. Whitworth (W 7-2 at home and 5-4 on the road). 

Probable George Fox Singles:

1: Preston Mann (4-12, NWC 3-8, vs Pacific 0-1, vs Whitman 0-2, vs Whitworth 0-2)

2: Shawn Aldrich (7-8, NWC 6-4, vs Pacific 1-0, vs Whitman 0-2, vs Whitworth 1-1)

3: Justin McClain (12-5, NWC 10-2, vs Pacific 0-1, vs Whitman 1-1, vs Whitworth 2-0)

4: Drew Milton (11-6, NWC 10-2, vs Pacific 1-0, vs Whitman 0-2, vs Whitworth 2-0)

5: David Munoz (9-4, NWC 8-3, vs Pacific 0-1, vs Whitman 0-2, vs Whitworth 2-0)

6: Andy Tweet (3-6, NWC 3-3, vs Pacific 0-1, vs Whitman 0-1, vs Whitworth 0-1)

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6: Peter Brown (4-4, NWC 4-2, vs Pacific 0-0, vs Whitman 0-1, vs Whitworth 0-1)

Probable George Fox Doubles:

1: Aldrich/Mann (4-3, NWC 4-3, vs Pacific 0-1, vs Whitman 1-0, vs Whitworth 2-0)

2: Brown/McClain (9-6, NWC 8-4, vs Pacific 1-0, vs Whitman 0-2, vs Whitworth 2-0)

3: Milton/Munoz (7-1, NWC 7-1, vs Pacific 1-0, vs Whitman 1-0, vs Whitworth 1-1) 

Pacific (13-5, NWC 11-1, 2nd): The Boxers from Forest Grove, Ore., are ranked 11th in the latest ITA West Region poll ... Pacific enters the tournament on a five-game winning streak ... The Boxers, whose second-place finish is their highest ever in the NWC, are making their second straight appearance in the NWC Tournament ... Key players for the Boxers include All-NWC First Teamer Troy Zuroske (9-8, NWC 8-3) at No. 1, and Spencer Hing (8-7, NWC 6-4) at No. 2 ... Giancarlo Battaglia is 9-1 in the conference at No. 3 and Brandon Schlack is 10-1 at No. 4, his only conference loss to the Bruins’ Drew Milton ... Eric Furuya amd Scott Kawamura are 21-2 in NWC matches at Nos. 5-6. 

Whitman (19-4, NWC 12-0, 1st): The Missionaries from Walla Walla, Wash., have won 90 straight NWC matches, won the conference six years in a row, and are ranked No. 8 nationally and No. 1 in the West Region by the ITA ... Whitman, which won 19 in a row at one point, has two losses to Division I teams Montana and Eastern Washington and two losses to NAIA power Lewis-Clark State ... The Missionaries’ top three of Conor Holton-Burke, Anderw LaCava and Jeff Tolman, who often rotate among the three positions, have lost just once in NWC competition, that by Holton-Burke to the Bruins’ Justin McClain ... Adriel Borshansky is 19-1 at No. 4, while Sam Sadeghi and James Rivers are 26-8 at the 5-6 slots.

Whitworth (11-8, NWC 8-4, 4th): The Pirates from Spokane, Wash., earned the fourth spot in the NWC Tournament by winning three of their last four matches, their only loss at home to the Bruins 5-4 ... All-NWC First Teamer Daniel Redfern is 13-6 overall and 8-4 in the NWC at No. 1, while ameron Williams is 7-4 in the NWC at No. 2 ... The rest of the lineup has winning NWC records as well, with Micha Spaun 5-4, Jphn Talbot 7-3, Ben Hamming 8-3 and Stefan Dernbach 5-2.

BRUIN BITS:

* McClain Claims BAA Award, Honorable Mention for Conference Honors

With two wins in the final regular-season match that enabled George Fox to secure the No. 3 spot in the Northwest Conference standings and in the NWC Tournament, Justin McClain has earned the Bruin Athletic Association Men’s Athlete of the Week award and honorable mention for the NWC Men’s Tennis Student-Athlete of the Week for Apr. 9-15.

McClain, a sophomore from Spokane, Wash., was the only Bruin to win both of his matches as the Bruinsn edged the Pirates 5-4 on Apr. 14 in their only game of the week.  McClain and Peter Brown knocked off Ben Hamming and Stefan Dernbach 8-2 at No. 2 to give the Bruins an early edge in the doubles.  In singles, McClain topped Micah Spaun 6-3, 6-1 at No. 3 to put the Bruins ahead 4-2.

McClain has the Bruins’ best overall record in singles this season at 12-5, and is tied with Drew Milton for the team’s best conference record at 10-2.  He is 10-7 overall in doubles, including a 9-6 mark when paired with Brown.  This is his second time to win the BAA award, having also received it for Mar. 5-11, and he has been honorable mention for NWC honors twice as well. 

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)

Apr. 9-15 - Justin McClain (Tennis)

 

* 2011-12 Honors:

Shawn Aldrich

- Northwest Conference Student-Athlete of the Week - Feb. 13-19 (HM)

- Bruin Athletic Association Athlete of the Week - Sept. 19-25

Preston Mann

- Northwest Conference Student-Athlete of the Week - Feb. 20-26 (HM)

Justin McClain

- Northwest Conference Student-Athlete of the Week - Mar. 5-11 (HM); Apr. 9-15 (HM)

- Bruin Athletic Association Athlete of the Week - Mar. 5-11; Apr. 9-15

Drew Milton

- Northwest Conference Student-Athlete of the Week - Feb. 27-Mar. 4 (HM); Mar. 12-18 (HM); Apr. 2-8 (HM)

- Bruin Athletic Association Athlete of the Week - Apr. 2-8

David Munoz

- Northwest Conference Student-Athlete of the Week - Mar. 26-Apr. 1 (HM)

* COACH NEAL NINTEMAN:

Head coach Neal Ninteman (Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo ‘86) is 21-33 (.389, 9-15 home, 12-16 road, 0-2 neutral) to date in his 3rd season at George Fox … Record vs. upcoming opponents: vs. Pacific (0-5, 0-3 home, 0-2 road), vs. Whitman (0-5, 0-3 home, 0-2 road), vs. Whitworth (2-3, home 1-1, road 1-2) …

Final April 25
Men's Tennis
L, 5-1 vs. Pacific (Ore.)
@ Walla Walla, Wash.
Northwest Conference Tournament
Final April 19
Men's Tennis
W, 9-0 at Puget Sound
Final April 18
Men's Tennis
W, 8-1 at Pacific Lutheran
Final April 15
Men's Tennis
L, 8-1 at Pacific (Ore.)
Final April 11
Men's Tennis
W, 8-1 vs. Willamette
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