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GEORGE FOX 5, PAC LUTHERAN 4: Bruins Tough Out Narrow Win over Visiting Lutes
BEAVERTON, Ore. - Inspired by their top player’s gritty performance on the court despite a bad stomach virus, the George Fox University Bruins gutted out a 5-4 win over the Pacific Lutheran University Lutes in a Northwest Conference women’s tennis match Friday afternoon here at the Tualatin Hills Tennis Center.
The match was originally scheduled for the GFU campus courts, but rain and snow two days earlier and extreme daytime cold temperatures forced the contest indoors.
The Bruins dropped the No. 1 doubles match as Alyssa Emoto and Shaina Inn fell to PLU’s Leah Newell and Tina Aarsvold 8-6. Second Team All-NWC player Molly Beaumont, fighting an upset stomach that sometimes had her leaving the court, teamed up with Cara Griffith as the Bruins evened the match with an 8-3 win at No. 2 doubles over the Lutes’ Deanna Ellmer and Hailey Rile. George Fox went ahead with an 8-6 win at No. 3, Bethany Nguyen and Liliya Abildayeva prevailing over Saiyare Refaei and Caitlyn Hoerr.
The Bruins secured the match with singles wins by Inn over Refaei 6-1, 6-0 at No. 3, Griffith over Ellmer 6-2, 6-3 at No. 5, and Abildayeva over Rile 6-3, 6-4 at No. 6. Beaumont, who had been moved down to No. 2 singles and was trailing 2-1 to Aarsvold in the first set when the results were assured in the Bruins’ favor, promptly retired at that point. PLU then picked up additional wins at No. 1, Newell topping Emoto 6-2, 7-5, and at No. 4, where Hoerr edged Nguyen 7-5, 2-6, 1-0 (10-8).
NEXT: George Fox (2-1, NWC 1-1) visits Linfield College Saturday at 10: 00 a.m. ... Pacific Lutheran (0-3, NWC 0-3) goes to Willamette University Saturday, playing at 12:15 p.m.