Feb 19, 2018

Bruins Open Season With Gritty Win Over CalTech

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

BEAVERTON, Ore. --- The George Fox men's tennis team opened up the 2018 season with a bang Monday, as the Bruins hosted nonconference opponent CalTech in a gritty 5-4 win.


The young and resilient Bruins were tested all throughout the match, but were able to come out on top after huge performances by Spencer Watanabe, William Leach and Alex Namba.

The match started with doubles and CalTech managed to grab the first point at the No. 2 spot in an 8-5 showing. The Bruins bounced back to even the match with a win from Alex Namba and Payton Namba at the No. 3 spot with an 8-4 score. The biggest match came at the coveted No. 1 spot, as Watanabe and Leach teamed up to take on Varun Shanker and James Wei. The match itself was back and forth and highly contested, but the top team for the Bruins came away with an 8-6 victory.

Heading into singles, the Bruins were leading 2-1. Freshman sensation Leach secured the first point in singles at the No. 2 spot after taking down Derik Nguyen, 6-1, 6-2. Watanabe followed suit with a win of his own at the No. 1 spot, 6-3, 7-5. CalTech grabbed another point in a tough match at the No. 6 spot, but Alex Namba pounded out a 6-2, 6-4 win at the No. 3 spot to give the Bruins the deciding five points. Freshman Keaten Baker also had a very close match at the No. 5 spot, but fell in three sets, 4-6, 7-6, 2-6.

"It's an exciting way to start the season," said head coach Neal Ninteman. "We definitely have some areas to improve upon and we will keep working to get better every day."

What It Means:

The Bruins open up 2018 at 1-0.

What Comes Next:

The Bruins will continue nonconference play with a match against Hardin-Simmons Sunday, Feb. 25.