May 09, 2018

Watanabe Makes History With NCAA Championship Selection

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

CLAREMONT --- The George Fox men's tennis team will experience another first in the 2017-18 season, as Spencer Watanabe becomes the first-ever Bruin to be selected to compete at the 2018 NCAA Division III Men's Tennis Championship May 24-26 in Claremont, California.

Full Draw

Watanabe will compete as an individual for the Bruins with a total of 32 singles players from around the country. The individual championship will consist of 32 singles players and 16 doubles teams. The selection of teams and individuals for the championships is based on win-loss record, strength of schedule and eligibility and availability of student-athletes.

The competition will be held at the Biszantz Family Tennis Center in Claremont, California, and will be hosted by Claremont-Mudd-Scripps.

Recently, Watanabe played in his third straight NCAA Div. III West Championships at the Ojai Tournament where he made history advancing to the final day of the tournament.

The senior from Duvall, Washington, is a three-time All-American, a four-time All-NWC first-team selection and the 2017-18 NWC Player of the Year. He is ranked as the sixth-best player in the West Region and holds a singles record of 17-3 on the season.

Watanabe will face Carleton's Leo Vithoontien in the first round in a win-or-go-home match at 10:45 am.