Linfield Wins Three Close Matches in 8-1 Victory over Bearcats

By Robert McKinney, Athletics Communications Director, (503) 370-6110

(MEN'S TENNIS) SALEM, ORE. -- Willamette University freshman Donovan LeDoux (Keizer, OR/McNary HS) rallied for a victory over Ian McGrath of Linfield College, but the Wildcats won three close matches of the their own to claim an 8-1 team victory over the Bearcats in Northwest Conference action at the Willamette University Tennis Courts. The match originally was scheduled to be played at the Courthouse Tennis Club in Salem, but improved weather allowed the teams to play outdoors. Linfield improved to 6-3 in the NWC, while upping its overall record to 7-7. Willamette fell to 3-6 overall, 3-5 in the NWC.

LeDoux dropped the first set to McGrath by a 6-4 score, before earning a 7-5 win in the second set. He completed
his comeback by achieving a narrow 10-8 victory in a 10-point tie-breaker instead of a third set. Linfield countered with a tie-breaker victory at #4 singles, where Nick Ruess edged Willamette’s Shaun Mihalick (Sr., Mukilteo, WA/Eastlake HS), 6-3, 2-6, (10-3).

The Wildcats also won close matches at #5 singles and #1 doubles. In the #5 singles match, Wes Gabrielson outlasted Ethan Heinrich (Fr., San Carlos, CA/Davis HS) of Willamette, 5-7, 6-0, 7-5. At #1 doubles, Gabrielson and Kyle Anderson of Linfield edged LeDoux and Eric MacMillan (Jr., Twin Falls, ID/Twin Falls HS), 9-7.

Willamette will return to action on Friday, March 9, when the Bearcats travel to Newberg, Ore., to take on George Fox University. Match time is set for 3 p.m. (PST).

Saturday, March 4
Willamette University Tennis Courts
Salem, Ore.

Linfield College 8, Willamette University 1

Singles
#1 - Donovan LeDoux (WU) defeated Ian McGrath (LIN), 4-6, 7-5, (10-8)*
#2 - Kyle Anderson (LIN) defeated Eric MacMillan (WU), 6-2, 6-1
#3 - Jon Roberts (LIN) defeated Fitz Paccione (WU), 6-0, 6-1
#4 - Nick Ruess (LIN) defeated Shaun Mihalick (WU), 6-3, 2-6, (10-3)*
#5 - Wes Gabrielson (LIN) defeated Ethan Heinrich (WU), 5-7, 6-0, 7-5
#6 - Cole Shelton (LIN) defeated Micah Mack (WU), 6-4, 6-0

Doubles
#1 - Gabrielson and Anderson (LIN) defeated LeDoux and MacMillan (WU), 9-7
#2 - McGrath and Roberts (LIN) defeated Mack and Mihalick (WU), 8-3
#3 - Ruess and Shelton (LIN) defeated Heinrich and Geoff Klein (WU), 8-3

* Tie-breaker instead of third set

Records: Willamette, 3-6 overall, 3-5 NWC; Linfield, 7-7 overall, 6-3 NWC