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GEORGE FOX 8, COLLEGE OF IDAHO 1: Bruins Top Lady ‘Yotes in Tennis Season Opener
NEWBERG, Ore. - In the 2012 season opener for both teams, a strong showing in the doubles matches started the George Fox University Bruins off toward an 8-1 win over the visiting College of Idaho Lady Coyotes in a non-conference women’s tennis match Saturday afternoon here at the GFU campus courts.
George Fox veterans posted wins in the first two doubles as Molly Beaumont and Alyssa Emoto defeated the ‘Yotes’ Hayley Hutchings and Shae Stults 8-4 at No. 1, and Shaina Inn and Cara Griffith blanked Theresa Kucera and Cassie Low 8-0 at No. 2. In the No. 3 match, Chantelle Hadeed and Marissa Chau, in their first college competition, outdueled Tanya Greenwood and Nicole Camman 8-5.
In singles, Beaumont beat Kucera 6-0, 6-2 at No. 1; Emoto topped Hutchings 6-2, 6-2 at No. 2; Inn edged Stults 7-5, 7-6 (9-7) at No. 3; Griffith dropped Greenwood 6-2, 6-1 at No. 4; and Alissandra Wittrig, in her first college match, downed Balbine Umutesi 6-0, 6-3 at No. 6. The Lady ‘Yotes’ only win came at No. 5 as Low got by Hadeed 7-5, 0-6, 1-0 (10-6).
“Shaina was terrific all day, and her match at No. 3 was the key for us today,” said Bruins head coach Rick Cruz. “Their girl (Stults) is a freshman who plays like a No. 1, and they had some incredible points; some of their rallies must have gone 30 or 40 strokes. Their tiebreaker was one of the most exciting matches we’ve seen in years.”
NEXT: George Fox (1-0) returns to action next Saturday in another non-league match, hosting the University of La Verne at 11:00 a.m. ... The College of Idaho (0-1) travels to Forest Grove, Ore., Sunday to take on Pacific University at 9:00 a.m.