Feb 28, 2016

Bruins Sweep Lutes in 9-0 Fashion

A Winning Tradition

  • One NWC Player of the Year (Spencer Watanabe, 2017-18)
  • Six Northwest Conference Tournament Appearances (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018)
  • Three All-Americans
  • 33 All-NWC Athletes

VANCOUVER, Wash. --- The George Fox men's tennis team was perfect on Sunday afternoon, as they took down the Lutes of Pacific Lutheran, 9-0.

The Bruins made quick work of doubles play, as nationally ranked (No. 21) Spencer Watanabe and Chris Lilley beat James Okubo and Noel Oteng-Mensah 8-0 at the No. 1 spot. Nicholas Grafton and Vincent Viloria kept the momentum alive, taking down Jeremy Marsh and DJ Pekoc 8-2 at the No. 2 spot. Mitchell Miyashiro and Tristen Lerma completed the sweep for the Bruins at the No. 3 spot with a win over Chan Thourk and Justin deMattos, 8-3.

In singles play, Watanabe picked up his fifth win of the season, taking down Okubo at the No. 1 spot in straight sets, 6-0, 6-0. At the No. 2 spot, Lilley did the same, answering Watanabe's straight set victory with one of his own (6-0, 6-0). Nicholas Grafton fought hard at the No. 3 spot, and beat Noel Oteng-Mensah (6-2, 7-6 (7-4). Nick Ekern had the toughest match of the day at the No. 4 spot with a three set match. Ekern fought Pekoc to a 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-5) victory. Tristen Lerma closed up the match with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Chan Thourk.

"It's nice to have a dominant win like this, but ultimately we're chasing a higher goal – to get better every day," said head coach Neal Ninteman. "We want to continue to get better individually and collectively, and become the best team we can possibly be. We have a lot of work to do to get to where we want to be. The good news is that I believe we know what we have to do to get there, and we're getting after it hard." 

The Bruins will compete next on March 6 at 1:00 p.m. at home against Puget Sound.