Apr 28, 2019

Bruins Fall To Whitman In NWC Championship Match

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. 29-ranked George Fox men's tennis team faced Whitman College on Sunday, April 28, on the Blues' home court in the Northwest Conference Tournament Championship match. The Bruins played hard across the board but were swept on the box score in a 5-0 loss.


The Bruins gave the Blues all they could handle in doubles play. Will Leach and Keaten Baker fell 8-7 after forcing a 7-5 tiebreaker in flight one of doubles action.

Luke Lamaitre and Alex Namba also forced tiebreaking play and were defeated, 8-7 (7-1), after giving their best on the court. Payton Namba and Thierry Van Os led early in the third flight of doubles before their Blues opponents rallied to complete the sweep of doubles play, 8-5.

"We had a good grasp on at least two of the doubles, and possibly all three," Coach Neal Ninteman said after the match. "Once they all slipped through our fingers it was a tough blow for us emotionally and proved too deep a hole for us to climb out of."

Baker fell 6-3, 6-2 in the third singles flight and A. Namba was defeated in the fourth flight, 6-4, 6-0, to finish the match with the sweeping win for Whitman.

Leach had played his opponent to a 6-6 draw in flight two of singles, while Van Os led with a 6-2, 3-4 score when play was suspended.

Top Performers:

The Bruins' doubles teams were the highlight of the championship for George Fox as they fought every step of the way and refused to give away anything easily.

What It Means:

The Bruins fall to 12-8 overall after reaching their second NWC Tournament Championship in program history and falling to Whitman, 5-0.