Apr 27, 2019

Bruins Advance To NWC Tourney Championship

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

By Seth Preuss

WALLA WALLA --- The No. 27-ranked George Fox men's tennis team competed in the NWC Tournament semifinals on Saturday, April 27, against Pacific (Ore.). The Bruins came away with a dominant 5-0 win on Whitman's court to advance to the NWC Tournament Finals.


The Bruins used a strong performance from their doubles flights to set the tone in the match. Will Leach and Keaton Baker defeated the Boxers' No. 1 doubles flight 8-3, and Luke Lemaitre worked with Alex Namba to defeat the Boxers' no. 2 doubles flight in an 8-6 battle. Payton Namba and Thierry Van Os finished off the doubles sweep by winning, 8-4, in the third flight of doubles play.

Coach Jeff Cero was pleased with the Bruins' play, saying "the guys came out focused, gave a lot of attention, got off to a better start than the last time we played, and were moving really well today – we played well around the net."

Leach continued his strong play with a win in the No. 2 flight of singles with a sweep, 6-0, 6-0, to put the Bruins in position to clinch the match.

"Will put on a clinic and no 2 singles, he really dropped the hammer, and we're proud of him for setting the tone today for us," Cero said afterwards.

A. Namba won his singles flight against the Boxers' no. 4 player to clinch the match for the Bruins, 6-4, 6-1.

What It Means:

The Bruins improve to 11-7 overall this season and advance in the tournament to the championship match.

What Happens Next:

The Bruins advance to their second-ever NWC Tournament Championship match in program history with a tilt against the top-seeded Whitman Blues on Sunday, April 28.