Mar 18, 2017

Boxers Edge Bruins

A Winning Tradition

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

FOREST GROVE, Ore. --- The George Fox men's tennis team took on No. 32-ranked Pacific Boxers in a Northwest Conference showdown Saturday, as the top-ranked Boxers came away with an 8-1 win.

The Bruins had comfortable leads at both No. 1 doubles and No. 3 doubles before a comeback was mounted by the home team. All-American duo Spencer Watanabe and Alex Namaba were up by a commanding two break lead before Boxers' Oscar Wight and Clark Wininger came back for the 8-4 win at No. 1 doubles. A similar situation happened at No. 3 doubles, as Matt Biggi and Jacob Farmer were up 7-4 looking to secure the Bruins' first win. Rayden Murata and Ford Nakagawa managed to chip away at the lead and force a 9-7 win in favor of the Boxers.

With the score 3-0 heading into singles, Watanabe gave the Bruins their lone point at No. 1 singles. After trailing in the first set 6-3, Watanabe came roaring back with a 6-1, 6-4 win to give the Bruins their one point.

"It wasn't our best effort," said head coach Neal Ninteman. "We had a firm grip on two of the doubles matches, but we let them slip away from us. Hopefully we can learn something from this experience that will make us better going forward."

What Comes Next:
The Bruins have a long weekend ahead of them, as they will need to bounce back Sunday, March 19, against Lewis & Clark.