NEWBERG, Ore. – Avenging a 5-4 early season loss, the Linfield Wildcats swamped the George Fox Bruins 7-2 in a Northwest Conference match Thursday afternoon at the GFU campus courts.
The Wildcats improved to 5-7 overall and 4-6 in the NWC. The Bruins saw their record fall to 5-7 and 4-5 in conference action.
With both squads using shuffled lineups from their initial meeting, it was the Wildcats who grabbed the upper hand and never let go. Linfield swept all three doubles pairings, including a crucial 9-7 decision at No. 2, where Cody Levien and Tim Wagar teamed to defeat Preston Mann and Justin McClain.
Mark Magdaong and Brent Kingzett topped the Bruins’ top tandem of Scott Barnett and Peter Brown 8-2 at No. 1. The victory marked the 50th career doubles win for Kingzett, moving him ahead of Alex Martin to No. 2 on Linfield’s career ladder.
Tal DeWitt and Zachery Lyons paired for an 8-4 victory over GFU’s Nolan Staples and Josiah Jackson at No. 3.
Once the match moved to the singles pairings, it was Kingzett who provided inspiration. The savvy senior rallied for a come-from-behind 0-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-1 win over McClain at No. 3 to triumph in the day’s closest match.
Magdaong moved within one win of equaling the Linfield career singles victory total of 53 set by Chris Rivera from 2000 to 2004. Magdaong withstood an early charge from Barnett at No. 1 before going on to claim a 7-6 (7-4), 6-3 win over Barnett.
DeWitt and Brown staged a tug-of-war at No. 2 with the Linfield junior taking a pair of tiebreakers to outlast his George Fox counterpart 7-6 (10-8), 7-6 (10-8). Lyons provided the remaining victory for the Wildcats at No. 6, bouncing Andy Tweet in straight sets, 6-2, 6-1.
COMING UP: The Wildcats host Lewis & Clark in Friday at 5 p.m. at the Linfield Tennis Center.