Willamette Defeats Orange Coast in Exhibition

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

(MEN'S TENNIS) COSTA MESA, CALIF. -- Willamette University split the singles matches and won all three doubles matches, as the Bearcats defeated Orange Coast College (juco), 6-3, in an exhibition match on Wednesday, March 28. The NCAA does not count matches against junior colleges in official records. Willamette, which competes in NCAA Division III, remained 5-8 on the season.

The Bearcats moved out to a 3-0 lead with their victories in doubles. At the #1 position, Eric MacMillan (Jr., Twin Falls, ID/Twin Falls HS) and Shaun Mihalick (Sr., Mukilteo, WA/Eastlake HS) downed OCC's Jonathan Kroopf and Patrick Lam, 8-3. At #2 doubles, Donovan LeDoux (Fr., Keizer, OR/McNary HS) and Micah Mack (Fr., Wenatchee, WA/Wenatchee HS) defeated Cem Bodur and Damien Liu, 8-2. Fitz Paccione (Jr., Encinitas, CA/Cathedral Catholic) and Geoff Klein (Jr., Sagle, ID/Sandpoint HS) of WU received a strong challenge from Kevin Kordestani and Arthur Modyman at #3 doubles, before the Bearcats won, 8-6.

Kroopf defeated LeDoux at #1 singles, 6-3, 6-2. The Pirates also won #3 singles and #6 singles. Willamette registered close victories at all three of the remaining positions. MacMillan outlasted Lam at #2 singles, 7-6 (7-3), 7-5. Mihaclick edged Kordestani at #4 singles, winning 7-5, 6-4, and Mack downed Bodur at #5 singles, 7-5, 6-4.

Willamette will take on Whittier College in Whittier, Calif., on Thursday, March 29, 2007 at 3 p.m. (PDT). The Bearcats were originally scheduled to play the Poets on Tuesday (March 27), but the match was rained out.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Costa Mesa, Calif.

Willamette University 6, Orange Coast College 3

#1 - Jonathan Kroopf (OCC) defeated Donovan LeDoux (WU), 6-3, 6-2
#2 - Eric MacMillan (WU) defeated Patrick Lam (OCC), 7-6 (7-3), 7-5
#3 - Charlie Nguyen (OCC) defeated Fitz Paccione (WU), 6-3, 6-2
#4 - Shaun Mihalick (WU) defeated Kevin Kordestani (OCC), 7-5, 6-4
#5 - Micah Mack (WU) defeated Cem Bodur (OCC), 7-5, 6-4
#6 - Arthur Modyman (OCC) defeated Geoff Klein (WU), 6-4, 6-2

#1 - MacMillan and Mihalick (WU) defeated Kroopf and Lam (OCC), 8-3
#2 - LeDoux and Mack (WU) defeated Bodur and Damien Liu (OCC), 8-2
#3 - Paccione and Klein (WU) defeated Kordestani and Modyman (OCC), 8-6

Record: Willamette remained 5-8 overall following the exhibition match