- One Northwest Conference Tournament (2017)
By: Jake Bienvenue
NEWBERG – The George Fox women's tennis team is eager to get back on the court for the fall portion of the 2018-19 season, slated to begin with the Willamette 4-Way Tournament on Saturday, Sept. 15.
The Bruins will be led by sophomore Jillian Studer, but as head coach Rick Cruz sees it, the season's success will be a group effort. The fall season will be a time for the team to get comfortable on the court and prepare for the more demanding spring schedule.
"Improving each and every day both physically and mentally is our goal," Cruz said.
A number of Bruins played well at the ITA regional championships in last year's fall season, and the team finished off 2017 play with a decisive 9-0 win against Mills College. The makeup of this season's team is different than in past years, however. "The main difference this year as compared to the last four or five years is the youth," Cruz said.
The team is made up of one freshman, seven sophomores and one senior, and the fall schedule will be a great opportunity for the young Bruins to practice and gain valuable experience before the spring.
"For us to compete and win matches, the players will have to continue to improve and believe that they are capable of winning," Cruz said.
The team will have the opportunity to improve first in the Willamette 4-Way Tournament and then in the ITA's.
"It is a great opportunity for them to get the experience needed, and I believe they will be able to do it," Cruz said.
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