The George Fox University men’s tennis team continued their streak as they won their sixth tennis match in a row with a 6-3 win over Linfield College Wildcats on Mar. 16.
“To be a part of a streak like this has been great,” said Preston Mann. “To date, this is the most successful men’s tennis team George Fox has ever had. The success we have seen this year is based on the culmination of a group of otherwise average guys who came together to build something great.”
The streak has been so beneficial to the team that some of the guys who aren’t normally in the starting lineup have had the opportunity to get some playing time in the second half of the season.
“These are guys who would start on almost any other team in the conference and work just as hard as any of us,” said Mann. “Seeing them get the opportunity to shine in our recent matches has truly been rewarding.”
As a team their main goal at the beginning of the season was to have a 10 match winning streak, and now they’re closer than ever to reaching it. The Bruin men also want to reach nationals, but before that they want to make it to the conference final, and win the conference tournament.
During the beginning of the match against Linfield, the Wildcats seemed to be in control of the game, after capturing wins in the top two double matches, but the Bruins returned to the top by winning five of the six singles matches.
In doubles, George Fox’s Chris Lilley and Peter Brown at No. 1 doubles lost to the Wildcats 8-6. Along with them, James McClain and Matt Deming lost 8-4 in the No. 2 pairing. Chace Stalcup and Mitchell Miyashiro were able to escape with a No. 3 doubles win at 8-6.
During the singles matches Ben Fullhart played his first singles match for the Bruins, and won 2-6, 6-2, 1-0 (10-4). McClain easily won his match 6-2, 6-2 at No. 1. At No. 2 Preston Mann won 6-4, 6-4, and Drew Milton wrapped his win at 6-0, 6-2, at No. 3. Miyashiro dominated his match against the Wildcats 6-0, 6-0 at No. 5. The only loss for George Fox’s singles was at No. 4 where Stalcup lost in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4.
“Individually it is an awesome feeling to be apart of this great team,” said Shawn Aldrich. “This is my last season and regardless of how it ends, this season has already been a success because of the effort each player on the team is putting in. Our team motto is ‘One Team, One Dream.’ Every practice or match we are thinking about our motto and it results in playing for each other, and not playing individually.”
The Bruin men are currently 9-3 overall and 7-1 in the Northwest Conference.