A release from Pacific University in Forest Grove:
A pair of solid victories for sophomore Brennan Faith in the Pacific men’s tennis team’s season-opening victory over Hawaii Hilo earned the Northwest Conference’s first men’s tennis Student-Athlete of the Week award of the season.
Faith was a winner in both singles and doubles as the Boxers opened the 2015 season with a 7-2 victory over Division II Hawaii Hilo on Jan. 30 in Kent, Wash. Playing in the No. 2 singles flight, Faith knocked out Stefan Coney in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3. Faith paired with senior Grayson Frazier at No. 2 doubles to give Pacific its first match win of the season, taking an 8-2 victory over Daniel Tada and Brandon Kang.
Pacific men’s tennis Coach Brian Jackson said that Faith was a question mark entering the match because of a sprained ankle, which had kept him out of the first four days of practice.
“I am really happy for Brennan for his well deserved recognition,” Jackson said. “He played well in both singles and doubles and provided us with much-needed points and fought through his injury to help the team on the court. Brennan worked very hard in the off-season and it is showing.”
A transfer from California’s Marymount College last year (with freshman eligibility), Faith earned Second Team All-NWC honors last year after amassing an 11-4 record in singles and a 14-4 mark in doubles, the majority of those in the No. 2 flight with Frazier.
The victory over Hawaii Hilo came just four days after the beginning of spring practice for the Boxers. Pacific competes next on Feb. 21, opening NWC play at home against Whitworth.