Bearcats Open NWC Schedule with 8-1 Win over George Fox

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

PORTLAND, ORE. -- The Willamette University men's tennis team opened the 2010 Northwest Conference season with an 8-1 victory over George Fox University at the West Hills Racquet and Fitness Cub on Saturday, Feb. 13. Willamette, which opened the season with losses against two NCAA Division I opponents, improved to 1-2 overall, 1-0 in the NWC. George Fox fell to 2-1 overall, 1-1 in the conference.

Willamette took a commanding lead by winning all three doubles matches, including a close battle at the #1 position. Cody Ferguson (So., North Bend, OR/North Bend HS/Western Oregon Univ.) and Joshua Wong (Fr., Hilo, HI/Hilo HS) combined to win the top doubles match by holding off Pedro Munoz and Juan Munoz, 9-7.

Michael Baumgartner (Fr., Albany, OR/West Albany HS) and Luke Lagattuta (Sr., Albuquerque, NM/Highland HS) provided WU with an 8-3 win at #2 doubles, as they defeated Scott Barnett and Nick Jenness. At #3 doubles, Matthew Houser (Jr., Vancouver, WA/Evergreen HS) and Micah Mack (Sr., Wenatchee, WA/Wenatchee HS) downed Matthew Gardner and Garrett Thompson of GFU, 8-1.

Baumgartner also prevailed at #2 singles for Willamette. He defeated Pedro Munoz, 6-3, 6-2. The Bearcats won the #3 through #5 singles matches in straight sets, as Ferguson, Wong and Lagattuta recorded easy wins. Mack gave the Bearcats another win by coming from behind to defeat Luke Pritchard, 1-6, 6-3, 6-0, at #6 singles.

The Bruins' only victory was at #1 singles. Barnett won the match over Houser in a super tie-breaker played instead of a third set. Barnett won, 6-4, 4-6, 10-6.

Willamette will return to action on Friday, Feb. 19 with a home match against Pacific University. Match time is slated for 1 p.m. (PST) at the Courthouse Tennis Club in Salem, Ore. (1379 Madison NE). WU will host the University of Puget Sound on Saturday, Feb. 20, also at the Courthouse at 1 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 13
At West Hills Racquet and Fitness Center, Portland, Ore.

Willamette University 8, George Fox University 1

#1 - Scott Barnett (GFU) defeated Matthew Houser (WU), 6-0, 4-6, 10-6*
#2 - Michael Baumgartner (WU) defeated Pedro Munoz (GFU), 6-3, 6-2
#3 - Cody Ferguson (WU) defeated Juan Munoz (GFU), 6-2, 6-2
#4 - Joshua Wong (WU) defeated Nick Jenness (GFU), 6-0, 6-0
#5 - Luke Lagattuta (WU) defeated Matthew Gardner (GFU), 6-2, 6-0
#6 - Micah Mack (WU) defeated Luke Pritchard (GFU), 1-6, 6-3, 6-0

#1 - Ferguson and Wong (WU) defeated P. Munoz and J. Munoz (GFU), 9-7
#2 - Baumgartner and Lagattuta (WU) defeated Barnett and Jenness (GFU), 8-3
#3 - Houser and Mack (WU) defeated Gardner and Garrett Thompson (GFU), 8-1

* Tie-breaker played instead of third set

Willamette University is 1-2 overall, 1-0 NWC. George Fox University is 2-1 overall, 1-1 NWC.

Willamette University 8
George Fox University 1
Luke Lagattuta won #5 singles and teamed with Michael Baumgartner to win #2 doubles.

Luke Lagattuta won #5 singles and teamed with Michael Baumgartner to win #2 doubles.