Mar 27, 2019

Bruins Drop Tough Battle Against No. 21 Beavers

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

PASADENA --- The No. 31-ranked George Fox men's tennis team completed its final match in California on Wednesday night, as the Bruins fell to the No. 21-ranked Beavers of California Tech, 8-1.


Both teams entered the match ranked inside the top-10 in the West Region rankings, as the Beavers moved up to No. 4 and the Bruins moved to No. 9.

Despite the 8-1 score, the match itself was a good battle between the two top-ranked teams. The Bruins took three of the six matches in singles play to three sets and narrowly lost in two of the three matches in doubles action.

Payton Namba and Thierry Van Os had the closest match in doubles play but were unable to make the comeback in an 8-6 loss at the No. 3 spot. Alex Namba and Justin Barton fell, 8-5, at the No. 2 spot and Will Leach and Keaten Baker dropped their match at the No. 1 spot, 8-3.

Trailing 3-0 going into singles play, the Bruins did their best to rally against the Beavers. Leach and Baker had back and forth battles in singles play, as the pair took both their matches to three sets. Leach fell at the No. 1 spot, 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, while Baker fell at the No. 3 spot, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.

Luke Lemaitre scored the Bruins' lone point in singles play, beating James Wei at the No. 2 spot, 3-6, 7-5, 1-0 (10-5).

This marked the Bruins' sixth match during their six-day road trip in California.

"This was a great battle against to very solid teams," said head coach Neal Ninteman. "We had a lot of good battles across the lineup, but weren't able to pull off the tough matches in singles."

What It Means:

The Bruins move to 7-7 on the season and end the Cali trip 3-3. All three losses came by teams ranked inside the top-25.

What Comes Next:

The Bruins will enjoy a weekend away from competition before they get back into Northwest Conference play on April 6 with a match against Pacific (Ore.) at 1 pm.