Apr 18, 2018

Bruins Record Top Honors On All-NWC Team

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

NEWBERG --- The Northwest Conference announced the 2018 All-NWC Men's Tennis Team Wednesday, as Spencer Watanabe, Will Leach and Alex Namba all made their mark on the list.

2018 All-NWC Team

For the first time in the program's history, the Bruins recorded the NWC Player of the Year and the NWC Freshman of the Year. Watanabe becomes the first Bruin to earn the Player of the Year honor, while Leach becomes the first rookie to garner Freshman of the Year.

Watanabe, a senior from Duvall, Washington, also becomes the first Bruin to earn his fourth straight first-team selection to go down as the most decorated men's tennis player at George Fox. Watanabe is now a three-time All-American, a four-time first-team selection and an NWC Player of the Year during his time as a Bruin. He finished his senior season with a singles record of 16-3 and a doubles record of 13-3 with Leach as his teammate. He is ranked as the sixth-best player in the West Region.

Leach, a freshman from Portland, Oregon, was a huge addition for the Bruins all year. He was named first-team All-NWC and was ranked sixth in the West Region with Watanabe in doubles play. Leach ended his rookie campaign with a singles record of 13-3 at the No. 2 spot and a doubles record of 13-3 with Watanabe.  

Namba, a sophomore from Bellevue, Washington, earns his second straight All-NWC second-team selection. Namba played at the No. 3 spot for the Bruins and finished with a 10-6 overall record in singles. He joined up with his brother Payton Namba in doubles at the No. 2 spot, and the pair finished with a record of 11-5 on the season.

The Bruins head to the NWC Tournament Saturday, April 21 as the No. 3-seed to take on the No. 2-seed Lewis & Clark. That match is set for 2 pm.