Sep 29, 2019

Bruins Show Solid Growth At ITA Regionals

A Winning Tradition

  • One Northwest Conference Tournament (2017)

WALLA WALLA --- The George Fox women's tennis program took part in the 2019 ITA Regional Championships over the weekend at Whitman College. The Bruins were able to push the envelope in several of their matches and showed good development at the tournament.

Recap

Several Bruins were able to play their way into the tournament bracket in both singles and doubles draws after needing to qualify.

Olivia Morris won her qualifying match over a Pacific Lutheran competitor with a  6-2, 6-3 score and Megan Wilks made the cut with a 6-0, 6-0 sweep of a Pacific (Ore.) opponent to make the bracket in the main singles draw. In doubles, the pairing of Alyssa Byde and Emily McDonald won its way into the main draw with an 8-3 result against a duo from Pacific Lutheran.

Taylor Morris was matched against the tournament's top seed from Linfield and was eliminated in a 6-0, 6-1 final. Alyssa Byde was matched up with a competitor from Whitworth and fought hard in a 6-2, 6-4 loss.

Megan Wilks advanced into the second round with a 6-1, 6-2 win over an opponent from Linfield before falling to an opponent from Whitman in a 6-0, 6-0 sweep. Wilks' final opponent eventually advanced into the singles draw finals.

Danielle Brown swept her way, 6-0, 6-0, into the second round before falling 6-1, 6-1 to a player from Linfield. After winning her way into the main singles draw, O. Morris would fall in a 6-0, 6-0 sweep to a competitor from tourney host Whitman.

Jillian Studer put up a fight in her match against a challenger from Linfield but fell in three sets (2-6, 6-4, 10-6). Studer showed great effort in pushing the tiebreaker set into extras.

Emily McDonald also forced the issue in a 7-5, 6-1 loss to a foe from Linfield. Ellie Mangan rounded out the Bruins' singles draw with a 6-2, 6-2 win in round one against a Pirate from Whitworth before falling 6-0, 6-1 to one of the hosting Blues.

Studer and T. Morris advanced to the second round of doubles with an 8-1 win before being blanked by Whitman with an 8-0 loss. Brown and O. Morris were eliminated in round one with an 8-1 final against a pairing from Willamette.

Byde and McDonald were eliminated from the main draw after their qualifying win with an 8-2 loss to a duo from Puget Sound. Wilks and Mangan pushed into the second round with a tiebreak 8-7 (6) win over a Whitworth duo before falling 8-0 to a Whitman Blues combo.

What Happens Next

The Bruins turn their attention to preparing for the traditional spring season after wrapping up at the ITAs.