Mar 16, 2019

Bruins Suffer First NWC Loss To No. 19 Blues

A Winning Tradition

 
  • One NWC Player of the Year (Spencer Watanabe, 2017-18)
  • One NWC Freshman of the Year (Luke Lemaitre, 2018-19) 
  • Seven Northwest Conference Tournament Appearances (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019)
  • Eight All-Americans
  • 37 All-NWC Athletes
 

WALLA WALLA --- The No. 28-ranked George Fox men's tennis team met conference foe No. 19 Whitman College in Washington on Saturday, as the Bruins fell in a well-fought battle, 8-1.

Recap:

The match opened up with doubles play, as the two ranked teams went at in competitive matches across the board. Keaten Baker and Will Leach teamed up at the top spot in doubles against Blues' Dan Foster and Ben Kirsh in a back-and-forth match. Baker and Leach were able to secure the Bruins' lone point on the day with an 8-6 victory over Foster/Kirsh. Luke Lemaitre and Alex Namba fell at No. 2 doubles, 8-5, while Payton Namba and Justin Barton dropped their match at No. 3 doubles, 8-4.

With the score set at 2-1, the Bruins needed some magic in singles action.

Lemaitre had the only three-setter on the day, taking on Blues' Foster at the No. 2 spot. Lemaitre won the first set, 6-0, but narrowly fell in the second set, 5-7, to force a third set. It was intense from the start, as Lemaitre and Foster showed no signs of backing down. In the end, Foster came out on top in a 1-0 (10-8) victory.

The Blues won all six points in singles play to secure the 8-1 victory and remain undefeated in Northwest Conference play.

What It Means:

The Bruins are now 3-4 on the season and 2-1 in the NWC.

What Comes Next:

The Bruins will look for redemption on Sunday, March 17, as they take on Whitworth at 11 am.