No. 19 Whitman races by George Fox
Missionaries face three sets in only one singles match
NEWBERG, Ore. - George Fox dropped a 9-0 decision to visiting Whitman on Sunday afternoon at the GFU campus courts.
Whitman, ranked 19th nationally in the NCAA Division III ITA preseason rankings and sixth in the West Region, picked up an 8-1 win in the morning against Pacific University in Forest Grove, Ore., before taking on the Bruins. The Missionaries improved to 2-2 overall and 2-0 in the conference with the two wins, while the Bruins slipped to 2-1 overall and 1-1 in the NWC.
The Missionaries opened the contest by taking the three doubles matches as Conor Holton-Burke and Andrew La Cava downed the Bruins’ Scott Barnett and Preston Mann 8-4 at No. 1. Jeff Tolman and Etienne Moshevich then prevailed 8-2 against Peter Brown and Josiah Jackson at No. 2, and Quin Miller and Matt Tesmond topped Justin McClain and Andy Tweet 8-2 in the No. 3 position.
In singles action, Barnett forced a three-set match with Holton-Burke at No. 1. Barnett dropped the first set 6-4 and was down 5-4 in the second when he broke Holton-Burke’s serve and went on to even the match with a 7-5 win. However, Holton-Burke won the third-set breaker 10-6.
The Missionaries swept the other singles in straight sets.
La Cava conquered Brown 6-3, 6-1 at the No. 2 slot and Bailey stopped Mann after a close first set 7-5, 6-1 at No. 3. Sam Sadeghi also knocked off McClain 6-4, 6-2 in the No. 4 spot, while Adriel Borshansky beat Jackson 6-1, 6-1 at No. 5. Steven Roston downed Nolan Staples 6-2, 6-1 in the No. 6 position.
“Whitman has been the team to beat for a long time, and our goal has been to be competitive with them,” said George Fox coach Neal Ninteman. “We certainly went a long way toward that goal today. Scott did a great job coming back in the second set to force a tiebreaker, and Preston gave their guy all he could handle in the first set. I am quite pleased with the progress we are making.”