Bearcats Barely Lose to George Fox in Men's Tennis

NEWBERG, Ore. — Capturing the doubles point while splitting the singles, the George Fox University Bruins notched their first win of the 2006 men’s tennis season with a 4-3 victory over the Willamette University Bearcats Friday afternoon here at the GFU campus courts.

The Bruins opened with wins at #1 doubles, where Tyson Hunter and Kyle Pearson downed Eric MacMillan and Shaun Mihalick 8-4, and at #3 doubles, with Mac Ovenell and Billy Johnson taking down Dave Reichert and Geoff Klein 8-2.

The Bearcats won at #2 doubles, Fitz Paccione and Jeff Garrison defeating Ethan Headley and Jordon Vargas 8-5.

The Bruins took the first two singles with Hunter overpowering MacMillan 6-1, 6-3 at #1 and Pearson beating Garrison 6-0, 6-1.

The Bearcats prevailed in three matches, Paccione bouncing back to defeat Ovenell 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 at #3, Reichert downing Headley 7-5, 6-0 at #5, and Alex Sepenzis edging Vargas 7-6 (7-5), 6-3 at #6.

The Bruins were able to secure the win when Johnson staged a brilliant comeback at #4 singles against Mihalick. Johnson took the first set 6-4 but lost the second 6-7 (7-2), and fell behind 0-4 in the third, but then reeled of six straight wins for a dramatic 6-4 turnaround.

George Fox is now 1-3 overall and in the conference, while Willamette is 0-3 and 0-3. The Bruins go to the University of Puget Sound Saturday for a noon match. The Bearcats are at Lewis & Clark College Saturday at 10 a.m.

At George Fox 4, Willamette 3 — Feb. 24, 2006, at Newberg, Ore.
Singles
#1 – Tyson Hunter (GF) def. Eric MacMillan (W) 6-1, 6-3
#2 – Kyle Pearson (GF) def. Jeff Garrison (W) 6-0, 6-1
#3 – Fitz Paccione (W) def. Mac Ovenell (GF) 4-6, 7-5, 6-3
#4 – Billy Johnson (GF) def. Shaun Mihalick (W) 6-4, 6-7 (7-2), 6-4
#5 – Dave Reichert (W) def. Ethan Headley (GF) 7-5, 6-0
#6 – Alex Sepenzis (W) def. Jordon Vargas (GF) 7-6 (7-5), 6-3
Doubles
#1 – Hunter/Pearson (GF) def. MacMillan/Mihalick (W) 8 -4
#2 – Paccione/Garrison (W) def. Vargas/Headley (GF) 8-5
#3 – Ovenell/Johnson (GF) def. Reichert/Geoff Klein (W) 8-2
Records: George Fox (1-3, 1-3), Willamette (0-3, 0-3)