Apr 07, 2019

Bruins Win Decisive Match Over Pios

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

PORTLAND --- The No. 31-ranked George Fox men's tennis team traveled down the road to take on the No. 30-ranked Pioneers of Lewis & Clark in a West Region showdown on Sunday. The Bruins kept their weekend perfect, taking down the Pioneers, 7-2.


This marked the Bruins second straight ITA West Region showdown, as the Bruins beat No. 10 Pacific (Ore.) on Saturday, 9-0. The Bruins are currently ranked at No. 9 in the West, while the Pioneers entered the match ranked at No. 8. Both the Bruins and the Pioneers crack the top-35 national rankings in the ITA.

The Bruins picked up where they left off on Saturday, recording all three points in doubles. Will Leach and Keaten Baker pulled off a back-and-forth 8-7 victory at the No. 1 spot for the Bruins' first point.

Payton Namba and Thierry Van Os secured an 8-6 victory for the second point at the No. 2 spot, while Alex Namba and Luke Lemaitre mirrored their teammates with an 8-6 victory at the No. 3 spot.

"Coming down the stretch in doubles, our guys once again rose to the challenge," said head coach Neal Ninteman. "They handled the pressure by LC really well to close out all three tight matches."

With the 3-0 sweep in doubles, the Bruins were hungry to secure the victory in singles.

A. Namba grabbed the Bruins first point at the No. 4 spot, taking down Will McDermott, 6-3, 6-3. Leach clinched the match for the Bruins soon after, winning his match at the No. 1 spot, 6-2, 6-1. Once the Bruins secured the 5-0 victory, it was smooth sailing from there. Lemaitre won his match at the No. 2 spot, 6-2, 6-2 and P. Namba recorded the final point for the Bruins at the No. 5 spot. The Pios were able to scratch across two points in singles play at the No. 3 and 6 spots.

"It was a big weekend for us with convincing wins over two of the top teams in the conference," Ninteman added. "We are hitting our stride and playing with confidence, which is where you want to be at this point in the season."

What It Means:

With the win, the Bruins improve to 9-7 on the season and 5-1 in the NWC. The win moves the Bruins into sole possession of second place in the conference with two matches left in the season.

What Comes Next:

The Bruins will host Willamette for the final home match of the season on Saturday, April 13, at 12:00 pm.