Sep 14, 2019

Lemaitre, Wafula Win Singles Draws on Final Day of PNW Invitational

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

NEWBERG, Ore. --- Luke Lemaitre captured the A singles draw while Jonah Wafula won out in the singles B draw on the final day of the Pacific Northwest Invitational. 


The singles A final was an all-Bruin affair as Lemaitre won the title over Will Leach in a well-fought and incredibly close battle. The title match began with a Lemaitre victory in 6-4 fashion before Leach dealt the victor a similar 6-3 loss in the second. Neither would go down without a fight as they buckled in for a long 18-game set that would end in the sophomore's favor, 10-8.

"Both [Lemaitre and Leach] played an incredible match and an exceptional tournament," said head coach Jeff Cero. "It's hard when it's an all Bruin final because someone has to lose, but the reality is that the team won today, no matter the players that come out victorious."

Leach started his day with a 7-6, 6-3 downing of Pacific's Reyn Miyagawa while Lemaitre recovered from a second-set loss to defeat Tommy Edwards of Portland State (3-6, 6-3, 10-7) in the semifinals. Rox Rogers defeated Luis Rojas of Linfield (6-2, 6-2) and Ryan Nakajima of Portland State (8-2) to finish fifth as well.

In the singles B final, Jonah Wafula spun a convincing 6-0, 6-4 victory over Joey Balloweg of Pacific (Ore.). His journey to the finals was a long one that required heart. The Uganda native dropped his only set of the tournament to Linfield's Blake Fuentes in the semifinals. Wafula retaliated 6-1 before taking a marathon victory of10-5 in the final frame. His next stop was PU's Koby Murata who suffered a 7-5, 6-2 loss at the hands of the junior. 

In doubles play, the Bruin duo of Alex Namba and Leach played to the tune of 8-4 all day long. Their first to win came over teammates Pete Gibson and Lemaitre before finishing second to the PSU team of Edwards and Ryan Nakajima. Gibson and Lemaitre had a significant 8-2 win over Rayden Murata and Koby Murata from Pacific (Ore.) in their first match of the day. 

"We learned a lot this weekend about where our team is at, and what it will take to achieve our team goals."

What Comes Next:

The Bruins are geared up to host the ITA Regionals for the first time in school history next weekend.