Willamette Downs George Fox by 8-1 Margin in Rescheduled NWC Match

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

(MEN'S TENNIS) NEWBERG, ORE. -- Willamette University defeated George Fox University, 8-1, on Thursday, March 15 in a rescheduled Northwest Conference men's tennis match originally slated for last Friday (March 9). The Bearcats improved to 4-7 overall, 4-6 in the NWC, while the Bruins fell to 2-6 overall, 2-6 in the NWC.

Willamette won all three doubles matches and five of six singles matches. WU's top singles player, Donovan LeDoux (Fr., Keizer, OR/McNary HS) defeated Kyle Pearson at the #1 position, 6-4, 3-6, (10-6), in a match decided by a super tie-breaker instead of a third set. LeDoux also teamed with Ethan Heinrich (Fr., San Carlos, CA/Davis HS) to win #2 doubles over GFU's team of Jordon Vargas and Nick Jenness, 8-6.

Eric MacMillan (Jr., Twin Falls, ID/Twins Falls HS) was victorious for Willamette at #2 singles, as he took a decisive 6-1, 6-1 result over Mac Ovenell. The Bearcats also won #3 singles, as Fitz Paccione (Jr., Encinitas, CA/Cathedral Catholic) sailed past Jenness, 6-1, 6-1. MacMillan and Shaun Mihalick (Sr., Mukilteo, WA/Eastlake HS) combined to win #1 doubles, 8-4, over Pearson and Schulz of GFU.

The Bruins attained their only win at #5 singles, where Vargas outlasted Heinrich, 7-6 (7-5), 4-6, (10-8). WU and George Fox are scheduled to meet again on April 13 at Willamette.

Thursday, March 15, 2007
At GFU Campus Courts, Newberg, Ore.

Willamette University 8, George Fox University 1

#1 - Donovan LeDoux (WU) defeated Kyle Pearson (GFU), 6-4, 3-6, (10-6)*
#2 - Eric MacMillan (WU) defeated Mac Ovenell (GFU), 6-1, 6-1
#3 - Fitz Paccione (WU) defeated Nick Jenness (GFU), 6-1, 6-1
#4 - Shaun Mihalick (WU) defeated Ralf Schulz (GFU), 7-5, 6-3
#5 - Jordon Vargas (GFU) defeated Ethan Heinrich (WU), 7-6 (7-5), 4-6, (10-8)*
#6 - Micah Mack (WU) defeated Shawn McKenzie (GFU), 6-1, 6-4

#1 - Mihalick and MacMillan (WU) defeated Pearson and Schulz (GFU), 8-4
#2 - LeDoux and Heinrich (WU) defeated Vargas and Jenness (GFU), 8-6
#3 - Mack and Geoff Klein (WU) defeated Ovenell and McKenzie (GFU), 8-2

* Tie-breaker instead of third set

Records: Willamette, 4-7 overall, 4-6 NWC; George Fox, 2-6 overall, 2-6 NWC

Donovan LeDoux defeated Kyle Pearson at #1 singles.

Donovan LeDoux defeated Kyle Pearson at #1 singles.