Men's Tennis Semi: Pacific vs. George Fox
News Release Date:
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
NWC Men's Tennis
Semifinal: No. 2 Pacific vs. No. 3 George Fox
2 p.m. Saturday, April 21, 2012 - Whitman Outdoor Courts
In Saturday's second semifinal, second-seeded Pacific, 13-5 on the season and ranked No. 11 in the West Region, squares off against a third-seeded George Fox team that brings a 10-7 record and No. 12 regional ranking to Walla Walla.
In their only meeting during the regular season, Pacific squeezed past George Fox 5-4 on March 18 in a match played in Club Green Meadows in Vancouver, Wash. The Bruins jumped in front with victories at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles, but the Boxers rallied in singles, winning at No. 1, No. 3, No. 5 and No. 6.
| Spencer Hing
After edging the Bruins, Pacific went 1-3 in its next four matches, all played in Florida as part of a Spring Break trip. The Boxers then finished the regular season on a strong note, storming into the NWC tournament with five straight wins.
Pacific, 13-2 on the season against NCAA DIII teams, is in the NWC tournament for a second consecutive season for the first time since the team format was adopted in 1999. Its second-place finish during the regular season also stands as a new high-water mark for the Boxers in the team format era.
Sophomore Troy Zuroske is 9-8 this season (8-3 NWC) at No. 1 singles while senior Spencer Hing, playing all but one match at No. 2 singles, is 8-7 overall and 6-4 in conference. Zuroske made the All-NWC First Team a year ago.
Freshmen Giancarlo Battaglia and Brandon Schlack have added some punch to the middle of the Boxer line-up. Battaglia has played primarily at No. 3 singles, going 9-1 against the NWC, while Schlack is 10-1 against the conference while logging most of his court time at No. 4.
Seniors Eric Furuya and Scott Kawamura have anchored the last two spots, posting a combined record of 21-2 in NWC matches.
| Shawn Aldrich
Zuroske and Battaglia are 12-5 (10-1 NWC) at No. 1 doubles while Hing has teamed with either Schlack or Kawamura for a 10-6 record in the No. 2 spot.
George Fox also finished its regular season on a high note, winning its last four matches and five of its last six to reach 10 victories for only the second time since adding tennis as varsity sport in 1996.
Sophomore Preston Mann, who earned Honorable Mention all-conference honors for the Bruins a year ago, is 4-12 (3-8 NWC) at the highly competitive No. 1 singles slot.
Junior Shawn Aldrich is 7-8 (6-4 NWC) at No. 2 singles while sophomore Justin McClain is 12-5 (10-2 NWC), playing mostly at No. 3 singles.
Junior Drew Milton has played mostly at No. 4 singles, notching records of 11-6 overall and 10-2 in conference. David Munoz, a George Fox freshman from Ecuador, is 9-4 in singles (8-3 NWC) while playing the bulk of his matches at No. 5.
The Bruins have had their most doubles success at No. 2, where McClain and senior Peter Brown are 7-4, and at No. 3, where Milton and Munoz are 6-1.
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Sports Information Director
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