- 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)
- Seven All-Americans
- 37 All-NWC Athletes
CLAREMONT --- Despite taking 2-of-3 points in doubles play, the No. 28-ranked George Fox men's tennis team fell to the No. 22-ranked Jumbos of Tufts University on Friday.
The Bruins used their gritty presence in doubles to show they were up for the challenge against the top-ranked Jumbos. The Jumbos started the match with an 8-4 win over Alex Namba and Luke Lemaitre at the No. 2 spot. Will Leach and Keaten Baker put the Bruins back on track as they teamed up at the No. 1 spot in a grueling match. Leach and Baker came out victorious over Boris Sorkin and Nathan Niemiec in an 8-7 (7-5) tiebreaker win. With the score set at 1-1, it all came down to No. 3 doubles. Payton Namba and Thierry Van Os dug down deep in this one, taking an 8-7 (7-3) victory to put the Bruins up 2-1.
The Jumbos were quick to answer back in singles, though, recording four straight wins at the No. 3, 5, 6, and 4 spots in the lineup.
With the match decided at 5-2, Leach and Lemaitre gave everything they had at the No. 1 and 2 spots, respectively.
Lemaitre won his first set at the No. 2 spot, 7-5, but fell in the final two, 6-1, 1-0 (10-4). Leach had his hands full at the No. 1 spot, taking on the nation's top singles player in Sorkin. Leach came into the match ranked at No. 21 and showed why he was not to be taken lightly. Sorkin captured the first set with a 6-1 victory, but Leach rallied with a 6-2 victory to force a third set. Sorkin came out on top in the final set with a 6-2 win to keep his undefeated singles record untarnished (6-0).
What It Means:
The Bruins are now 4-5 on the season.
What Comes Next:
George Fox will look to bounce back with a match against Occidental on Saturday, March 23, at 11 am.