Feb 08, 2017

Bruins Face NCAA Div. I Fresno St.

A Winning Tradition

  • 5 Northwest Conference Tournaments (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017)
  • 2 All-Americans (Spencer Watanabe, Alex Namba)

SEATTLE, Wash. --- The George Fox men's tennis team continued its tough schedule Wednesday, as the Bruins faced NCAA Division I Fresno State.

The match against Fresno State marked the second consecutive match for the Bruins facing a NCAA Div. I opponent. The Bruins fell against the Bulldogs, 4-0. Due to time restrictions, both teams had to stop the match early with only No. 1-4 singles finishing and No. 1-2 doubles recording an unfinished match.

The Bruins faced another tough lineup with a bunch of international talent. The gritty Bruins put up an impressive fight against the Div. I powerhouse, but was unable to record a point.

In No. 1 singles, Spencer Watanabe continued his stellar play, pushing the Bulldogs' No. 1 to three sets before falling, 6-4, 1-6, 2-6.

"Spencer stepped up to the challenge big-time tonight and went toe-to-toe with an incredibly talented player," said head coach Neal Ninteman. "He is an absolute warrior who gives everything he has every time he steps on the court."

No. 2 singles was played between Matt Biggi and Henrique Osorio. Biggi fell at No. 2 singles, 6-3, 6-4. "It was a thrill to see Matt complete like that tonight," said Ninteman. "He was fully engaged and invested and the result played some of the strongest tennis we've seen him play.  It was awesome to see what he's capable of."

After the four singles matches finished, and with the match decided at 4-0, both teams decided to move into doubles instead of putting No.5 and No. 6 singles out.  

The doubles matches were likewise closely contested, with the Bruins falling 6-4 at No.1 and up 4-3 at No. 2 before the match was halted due to time.

"It is a terrific experience for our guys to compete with players of that caliber," added Ninteman. "The level of tennis was very high on every court and our guys responded across the board by digging down deep and raising their level of play.  I could not be more proud of the way we competed."

What Comes Next:
The Bruins will play Puget Sound next on Feb. 11 at 11a.m.