Sep 23, 2019

Bruins Head Into Final Day Of ITAs With Players In Good Position

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 ITA Regional Championships hosted by George Fox have finished their first two days of play, and the Bruins have a pair of players headed in the semifinals of the main singles draw and a doubles pairing headed into the semifinals of the main doubles draw.


Will Leach and Luke Lemaitre have each won their way into Regional Championship semifinals on opposite sides of the bracket, preserving a possibility of a second all-Bruins final in the singles draw in as many years.

Leach won his way to the semis after defeating opponents from Puget Sound (6-0, 6-0) and Linfield (6-2, 6-0) to advance as the no. 2 seed in the tournament. Lemaitre advanced to the semis with wins against a Whitworth opponent (6-1, 6-2) and a player from Linfield (6-2, 6-2). Both Bruins will be back in action on Monday, Sept. 23, at 9:00 am.

"Will and Luke were both on lockdown through both the Round of 16 and Quarterfinals," Coach Jeff Cero said of his players after two days of play." They are both ready and hungry for tomorrow. Luke will have a great battle against Ben Kirsch [of Whitman, No. 1 overall seed] and Will is prepared to face Reyn [Miragawa, Pacific (Ore.)] again after last weekend."

In the doubles main draw, the Bruins have one team still alive looking to defend its 2018 ITA Regional Championship title. The doubles pairing of Leach and Alex Namba defeated pairings from Puget Sound (8-1), Whitman (8-2), and Pacific (8-4) to advance to the finals of the doubles draw on Monday. The two will face a pairing from Whitman to attempt a defense of their title from a year ago.

"Alex and Will played great doubles from beginning to finish in their matches, and are looking forward to making Bruin history tomorrow afternoon," Coach Cero said. The doubles draw will start its final match at 4:30 pm on Monday.

The Bruins got standout finishes from several other members of the roster in the Regionals. Rox Rogers swept his first opponent 6-0, 6-0 and then defeated a Linfield player 6-4, 6-2, to win his way into the round of 16. A 6-3, 6-0 win against a Whitman opponent put Rogers into the quarterfinals where he ultimately fell to the No. 1 seed in the tournament with a 6-3, 6-2 final.

"Rox played outstanding and really stepped into his game this weekend. He really enjoyed himself and the game out there, which inspired our team," said Coach Cero.

Two of the Bruins' doubles pairings also had good success, making it to the quarterfinals before falling to a pair of duos from Whitman. Camden Camacho and Thierry Van Os won their way into the quarters with 8-0 and 8-5 victories before falling 8-2 in the quarters. Lemaitre and Pete Gibson made it to the quarters with 8-1 and 8-2 wins before falling 8-2 in their quarterfinal matchup against the top-seeded duo from Whitman.

"Losing both those doubles was tough for sure, as they didn't play their best tennis, but all credit to Whitman for the way they played, competed, and for being the better team in those matches," Coach Cero said. "We have lots to learn and grow from them."

The finals both the doubles and singles draws will wrap up on Monday, Sept. 23, with play beginning at 9:00 am. Watch the events live through the Bruins' Stretch Internet platform.