Mar 25, 2019

Bruins Take Down Mules and Poets

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

WHITTIER --- The No. 28-ranked George Fox men's tennis team was back in action on Monday, as the Bruins took down Colby College, 7-2, and Whittier College, 7-2, in the rare dual match doubleheader.


Match One vs. Colby

Payton Namba and Thierry Van Os got the Bruins started in doubles play, taking down Hans Hwang and Lucas Gonzalez Kompalic at the No. 3 spot, 8-5. The Mules were able to even things up at the No. 1 spot, as Will Leach and Keaten Baker narrowly fell in an 8-7 (7-5) tiebreaker match. Alex Namba and Luke Lemaitre came up big for the Bruins at the No. 2 spot with the second tiebreaker match in doubles. Namba and Lemaitre pulled off a huge 8-7 (7-5) victory to give the Bruins the 2-1 advantage going into singles play.

The Bruins used the momentum from doubles into singles, as they won the No. 2-6 spots to seal the 7-2 victory. A. Namba was the first to finish his match with a dominant, 6-0, 6-4 showing at the No. 4 spot. His brother, P. Namba, followed suit at the No. 5 spot with a 6-2, 6-3 victory. Lemaitre secured the Bruins' victory at the No. 2 spot with a clutch, 6-4, 6-1 victory. The Mules were able to get one point across the board in singles play, as Scott Altmeyer took down Leach at the No. 1 spot, 6-2, 6-3. The Bruins finished the match off strong as Van Os and Baker won their matches to give the Bruins the victory. Baker had the lone three-setter in singles play at the No. 3 spot, with a 6-4, 6-7, 1-0 (10-7) victory.

Match Two vs. Whittier

The Bruins kept their momentum going into the final match of the day, as they took two of the three points in doubles play. Leach and Baker bounced back from their previous No. 1 doubles lost against Colby, with a dominant 8-2 score to put the Bruins on the board. P. Namba and Van Os secured the Bruins' second point at the No. 3 spot with an 8-5 victory. A. Namba and Lemaitre tried to complete the doubles sweep at the No. 2 spot, but fell in a tiebreaker, 8-7 (7-5).

With the 2-1 lead going into singles, the Bruins managed to clinch the win at the No. 6 spot, as Jonah Wafula won his match, 7-6, 7-5. Baker and Pete Gibson held off their opponents with the two three-set matches on the night. Baker won at the No. 2 spot, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, while Gibson pulled off a 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 victory at the No. 5 spot.

"I'm proud of how the guys responded today," said head coach Neal Ninteman. "After being edged out by the No. 2 team in the country yesterday and playing our fifth match in four days, I was proud of how they handled the adversity today."

What It Means:

With the two wins, the Bruins improve to 7-6 on the season.

What Comes Next:

The Bruins will compete in their final match of the California trip against California Tech on March 27 at 10 am.