Sep 19, 2019

Bruins Prepared For ITA Regionals As Host Site

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 --- The George Fox men's tennis program is prepped and ready to host the 2019 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Regional Championships for the first time in the history of the program beginning Friday, Sept. 20.

Singles Draws | Doubles Draws | Results

The nine schools that make up the Northwest Conference are all part of the Bruins' ITA region and will each send representatives to compete as individuals, doubles pairings, or both. Doubles and singles competition results are then used by the ITA to determine regional rankings of players and doubles pairings, which are also counted in consideration.

The Bruins have captured the singles title at the ITA Regionals for the past three years and are looking to stretch that streak to a record fourth consecutive season.

"It's a massive honor to host this incredible event, but it's also a huge challenge to this team," Coach Jeff Cero said of hosting. "Teams are coming into our house looking to take titles we want, and for our guys, we see as an opportunity to show what we are made of on our turf, and on our courts."

"It will be hard to top last year; winning both the singles and doubles titles, an all-Bruin final in singles, three of four semifinalists, four quarterfinalists, and seven in the Round of 16. Even so, every year is a new team, and no bonus points are given for last year's accomplishments. These guys have worked hard and smart this fall, and are absolutely ready to do their best, and to do something special this weekend."

Bruin junior Will Leach is looking to defend both his singles title and his doubles title with partner Alex Namba.

"Will is the heart and soul of this team along with Alex - if someone wants the [Regional Singles] title, they're gonna have to take it from him," Cero said. "He's put in the hard work, effort, focus, and determination it takes to be a champion of this thing, and he's proven he can do it in the big moments."

Qualifying rounds begin Friday at 2:00 pm for those that have not guaranteed themselves a draw in the event as a way to play into the tournament. Main Draw play begins Saturday at 8:00 am indoors and outdoors on the campus at George Fox, as well as at Laurel Ridge Country Club in Sherwood, Ore. Singles and doubles main draw play will stretch through the weekend and conclude Monday afternoon, Sept. 23.