Willamette Sweeps Boxers in Men's Tennis, 9-0

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

BEAVERTON, ORE. -- Willamette University cruised past Pacific University, 9-0, in a Northwest Conference men's tennis match on Friday, March 7 at the Tualatin Hills Tennis Center. The Bearcats opened the competition by winning all three doubles matches, then swept through the singles matches, losing just one set. WU improved to 4-4 overall, including 4-3 in the NWC. Pacific fell to 0-8 overall, with all eight losses in conference play.

At #1 doubles, Matt Houser (Fr., Vancouver, WA/Evergreen HS) and Eric MacMillan (Sr., Twin Falls, ID/Twin Falls HS) of Willamette downed Michael Okada and Justin Kinney, 8-4. The #2 doubles match was won by Luke Lagattuta (So., Albuquerque, NM/Highland HS) and Fitz Paccione (Sr., Encinitas, CA/Cathedral Catholic) of WU, 8-3, over Nhat Nguyen and Patrick Kinghorn.

The Bearcats also won #3 doubles, with Nathan Ramos (Fr., Beaverton, OR/Beaverton HS) and Shawn Mahmood (Fr., Gresham, OR/La Salle HS) defeating Aaron Shapiro and Ryan Ford, 8-3. Later on, Ramos won #5 singles over Kinney, 6-2, 6-4, and Mahmood took #6 singles by defeating Jeffrey Lee, 6-3, 6-3.

For Ramos, the day represented his first action in a dual match. Not only did he record his first collegiate victory in both singles and doubles, he was able to do so in his hometown of Beaverton, Ore.

Houser played #1 singles for the Bearcats and won the first set 6-2, before Okada rallied with a 6-4 win in the second set. Houser claimed the third set, 6-2. Willamette won the remaining singles matches in straight sets.

WU will host the University of Puget Sound on Saturday, March 8. Match time is scheduled for 4 p.m. (PST). at the Courthouse Tennis Club in Salem, Ore.

Friday, March 7
At Tualatin Hills Tennis Center, Beaverton, Ore.

Willamette University 9, Pacific University 0

Singles
#1 - Matt Houser (WU) defeated Michael Okada (PAC), 6-2, 4-6, 6-2
#2 - Alex Sepenzis (WU) defeated Aaron Shapiro (PAC), 6-0, 6-2
#3 - Micah Mack (WU) defeated Nhat Nguyen (PAC), 6-4, 6-2
#4 - Luke Lagattuta (WU) defeated Patrick Kinghorn (PAC), 6-1, 6-3
#5 - Nathan Ramos (WU) defeated Justin Kinney (PAC), 6-2, 6-4
#6 - Shawn Mahmood (WU) defeated Jeffrey Lee (PAC), 6-3, 6-3

Doubles
#1 - Matt Houser and Eric MacMillan (WU) defeated Michael Okada and Justin Kinney (PAC), 8-4
#2 - Luke Lagattuta and Fitz Paccione (WU) defeated Nhat Nguyen and Patrick Kinghorn (PAC), 8-3
#3 - Nathan Ramos and Shawn Mahmood (WU) defeated Aaron Shapiro and Ryan Ford (PAC), 8-3

WU freshman Nathan Ramos, playing in his first dual match, picked up wins in singles and doubles against Pacific in his hometown of Beaverton, Ore.

WU freshman Nathan Ramos, playing in his first dual match, picked up wins in singles and doubles against Pacific in his hometown of Beaverton, Ore.