By Alex Plusquellec
NEWBERG, Ore. --- For the first time in over a decade, the George Fox women's tennis team has advanced to the Northwest Conference Tournament.
The Bruins will enter the tournament as the No. 4 seed, marking the program's first appearance since the tournament expanded to a four team field. The last time the Bruins participated in the NWC tournament was in 2005.
The Bruins finished the regular season with an 11-9 record which featured a 7-5 mark in conference play. Led by the singles play of Sarah Tuemmler, who is ranked 11th in the region, the Bruins have reached their highest team rank in the region at 13th.
"Our goal coming into the season was to be one of the top four teams in the conference and this team made it happen," said head coach Rick Cruz. "This team fought through injuries and adversity all year stepping up to every challenge to make this goal a reality. I couldn't be more proud of this group."
Tuemmler, a senior, finished the regular season with 13 singles match victories.
The Bruins will travel to Linfield to take on the 15-3 and No. 1 seed Wildcats Saturday. The semifinal match is set to begin at 10 a.m. The winner of the matchup between the Bruins and 'Cats will take on either No. 2 seed Whitman Blues or No. 3 seed Lewis and Clark Pioneers Sunday.
"I hope this group is able to enjoy what they accomplished and play their best tennis of the season at the conference tournament," added Cruz. "It is a first for our program since it has gone to four teams and I really want them to enjoy and savor the moment."