Ferguson Advances to Regional Final before Falling to La Cava

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

SALEM, ORE. -- Cody Ferguson (Jr., North Bend, OR/North Bend HS/Western Oregon Univ.) of Willamette University advanced to the singles final of the USTA/ITA Men's Tennis Small College Northwest Regional on Monday, Sept. 27. Ferguson was defeated by Andrew La Cava of Whitman College in the finals match, 6-1, 6-1.

Ferguson, seeded #8, defeated Chris Bailey of Whitman, seeded #9, 6-2, 2-6, 6-1, in the semifinals at the WU Tennis Courts on Monday morning to advance to the final. La Cava won the tournament despite starting as the #16 seed.

During the tournament, Ferguson earned a 5-1 match record. He won his first round and second round matches in straight sets without losing a single game. He defeated Sam Sadeghi from Whitman, 6-1, 6-1, in the Round of 16, and downed Jeff Tolman of Whitman, 7-5, 6-4 in the quarterfinals.

Ferguson is the first Willamette men's tennis player to reach the ITA Regional finals since the Bearcats joined NCAA Division III in 1998-99.

In the doubles final, La Cava and Conor Holton-Burke from Whitman, the #5-seeded team, defeated Bailey and Sadeghi, 6-1, 6-1.

La Cava will represent the Northwest Region in the singles bracket at the USTA/ITA National Small College Championships in Mobile, Ala., on Oct. 14-17. La Cava also will compete in the doubles bracket with Holton-Burke.

Ferguson was one of several Bearcats who competed at the Northwest Regional. Joshua Wong (So., Hilo, HI/Hilo HS) and Matt Houser (Sr., Vancouver, WA/Evergreen HS) both reached the Round of 16 in singles. Wong was defeated by Bailey in three sets, 7-6 (7-0), 2-6, 6-4. Houser fell to the #1 seed, Mark Magdaong from Linfield College, 6-2, 6-3.

On his way to the Round of 16, Wong moved past George Murphy from the University of Puget Sound, 6-0, 6-0, and downed Will Huskey of Whitman, 6-2, 6-1. Houser opened the tournament with a 6-3, 7-6 (7-2) triumph over Joe Wales of Whitworth University, and then slipped past Peter Brown of George Fox University, 6-4, 6-3.

Michael Baumgartner (So., Albany, OR/West Albany HS) won his first round match over Marshall McNally of Pacific Lutheran University), 6-1, 6-4, but lost a close match to Quin Miller of Whitman in the second round. Miller edged out Baumgartner, 7-6 (7-5), 7-5.

In doubles, Ferguson and Wong earned two wins before falling to the eventual champions, La Cava and Holton-Burke, 8-2, in the quarterfinals. Ferguson and Wong defeated Scott Kawamura and Evan Liu of Pacific University, 8-1, in the first round and outlasted Brian Lays and Micah Spaun of Whitworth, 8-4, in the second round.

Willamette freshman Will Cooper lost a challenging first round match against #7-seeded Etienne Moshevich, 6-2, 6-1, but rebounded well in the consolation singles bracket. Cooper reached the consolation quarterfinals with wins over Michael Parretta of PLU, 8-5, and against Andy Tweet of GFU, 9-7.

Cooper lost to eventual consolation champion Scott Sheldon of Pacific Lutheran. Sheldon held off Cooper, 8-4.

COMPLETE RESULTS
USTA/ITA Men's Tennis
Small College Northwest Regional
Hosted by Willamette University, Salem, Ore.
Sept. 27, 2010

THIRD DAY RESULTS
Andrew La Cava from Whitman (left) defeated Cody Ferguson of Willamette (right) in the final round of the USTA/ITA Northwest Regional.

Andrew La Cava from Whitman (left) defeated Cody Ferguson of Willamette (right) in the final round of the USTA/ITA Northwest Regional.

Head Coach Toby Krauel talks with Cody Ferguson during a crossover at the USTA/ITA Northwest Regional

Head Coach Toby Krauel talks with Cody Ferguson during a crossover at the USTA/ITA Northwest Regional

Cody Ferguson prepares for a baseline return against Andrew La Cava in the USTA/ITA Regional Final.

Cody Ferguson prepares for a baseline return against Andrew La Cava in the USTA/ITA Regional Final.