Pirate Men Fall 5-4 at GFU

Pirate Men Fall 5-4 at GFU

CLACKAMAS, Ore. – The Whitworth men's tennis team lost its Northwest Conference opener 6-3 at George Fox on Saturday evening at the Clackamas River Racquet Club.

The Pirates dropped to 0-3 overall and 0-1 in the NWC, while the Bruins improved to 2-2, 1-0.

George Fox earned its margin of victory by taking two of the three doubles matches.  GFU's Spencer Watanabe and Alex Namba defeated Shane Sandlin and Jeffrey Vulis 8-3 at #1 and Jacob Farmer and Matt Bigg swept Ian Fisher and Ben Bethards 8-0 at #3.  The Pirates'  point came at #2 where Caleb Hughes and Jake Bethards held off Ryan Malinowski and Davin Lee 8-6.

George Fox put the match away by sweeping the top three singles matches.  Watanabe rolled past Sandlin 6-1, 6-0 at #1, while Bigg defeated Hughes 6-2, 6-3 at #2.  Fisher fell 6-1, 6-1 to Namba at #3.

Whitworth rallied with three wins in the bottom three singles contests.  First Vulis dominated Lee 6-0, 6-2 at #5.  Then Ben Bethards edged Farmer 7-6 (10-8), 7-6 (8-6) at #6.  The final Pirate point came when Jake Bethards rallied for a 3-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-8) win over Malinowski at #4 singles.

Whitworth will finish its trip to Oregon with a match at Lewis & Clark on Sunday.