Munoz Outlasts Leg Cramps to Boost Bruins Over Boxers
News Release Date:
Saturday, April 21
WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Despite battling muscle cramps and hobbling around on one leg for much of his third set, David Munoz outlasted his opponent at No. 5 singles and lifted George Fox to a 5-4 men's tennis victory over Pacific in a Saturday afternoon semifinal at the Northwest Conference post-season tournament taking place on the Whitman College outdoor courts.
With the team score tied at 4-4 at the end of a long, warm afternoon in the sun, Munoz persevered over Pacific's Scott Kawamura 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 to secure a dramatic victory for the Bruins.
George Fox, now 11-7 on the season, advances to play heavily favored Whitman at 11 a.m. Sunday in the tournament final. The winner gets the NWC's automatic berth in the NCAA Division III national championship tournament.
Whitman, ranked No. 1 in the west and No. 8 nationally, rolled to a 5-0 semifinal victory over Whitworth earlier in the day.
Pacific grabbed the early lead in the team scoring, winning two of three matches in the opening round of doubles.
But after Drew Milton evened the score at 2-2 for George Fox with a quick win at No. 4 singles, four of the five remaining matches in singles went to three sets.
Shawn Aldrich gave the Bruins a brief 3-2 lead with a three-set win at No. 2, but Pacific's Troy Zuroske countered with a three-set victory at No. 1 to make it 3-3 on the score sheet.
The pendulum continued to swing as Drew McClain won a marathon at No. 3 singles for George Fox, but Eric Furuya again pulled the Boxers even with a 6-0, 6-1 win at No. 6.
That left the final outcome hinging on Munoz-Kawamura battle at No. 5.
The victory gave the Bruins a bit of revenge for a 5-4 loss to Pacific during the regular season.
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