Men's Tennis | Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Murakami Earns First Team All-NWC and is Chosen Sportsman of the Year
SALEM, ORE. -- Senior Andrew Murakami (Wahiawa, HI/Leilehua HS/Univ. of Redlands) of Willamette University has been named First Team All-Northwest Conference and has been chosen NWC Sportsman of the Year for the 2008-09 men's tennis season. WU teammate Cody Ferguson (Fr., North Bend, OR/North Bend HS/Western Oregon Univ.) was selected Second Team All-NWC.
Murakami and Ferguson helped Willamette finish the regular season with a 9-7 record -- all against NWC opponents. The Bearcats qualified for the NWC Tournament and defeated Whitworth University, 5-3, in the first round. Willamette fell to eventual champion Whitman College in the semifinals and claimed fourth place in the tournament. WU concluded its dual match schedule with a 10-9 overall mark.
WU will close out the season at the prestigious Ojai Tournament. The event is scheduled for April 23-26 in Ojai, Calif.
The Bearcats have received excellent senior leadership from Murakami, who enters the Ojai Tournament with a seven-match winning streak in singles. His overall record in singles is 12-6, including 6-3 at the #1 position and 6-3 at #2. He owns a 6-2 doubles record when paired with Micah Mack (Jr., Wenatchee, WA/Wenatchee HS), including 5-1 in the last six matches. Murakami is 12-7 in doubles for the season.
Murakami reached the quarterfinals in singles at the Wilson/ITA Small College Northwest Regional last fall. He advanced with Matt Houser (So., Vancouver, WA/Evergreen HS) to the quarterfinals of the Northwest Regional in doubles.
Ferguson has provided WU with solid play throughout the spring. His singles record is 10-9, including six matches where the freshman has played at the #1 position. He gained a solid victory over Nick Reuss of Linfield College at #1 singles on March 21, winning 6-4, 6-1. Ferguson is 5-2 at #2 singles and 3-1 at #3 singles.
In doubles, Ferguson has attained a 14-5 overall record. He is 7-1 with Houser at #1 doubles and is 7-4 with Mack at the #1 and #2 positions. Ferguson and Houser enter the Ojai Tournament with a six-match winning streak.
A total of eight athletes were chosen First Team All-NWC. Six players earned Second Team honors. Joining Murakami on the First Team were Joel Trudel of Pacific Lutheran University, Vincent Groot from Lewis & Clark College, Kyle Anderson from Linfield, Michael Shelton of Whitworth and Whitman players Chris Bailey, Etienne Moshevich and Dan Wilson. Trudel was named NWC Player of the Year.