Boxer tennis standout Clark Wininger becomes the first Pacific tennis player to finish the season in the NCAA Division III top-50

NEWS-TIMES PHOTO: KIP YOSHIMURA - Clark Wininger hits a shot during the Boxers' match against George Fox earlier this season.Pacific University senior Clark Wininger, from San Francisco, California, was ranked No. 50 in the final Oracle/ITA (Intercollegiate Tennis Association) Men's Tennis National Singles rankings.

It's the first time a men's tennis player at Pacific has ended the season in the final national NCAA Division III rankings.

"I am really proud of Clark earning a well-deserved national recognition for his outstanding season," said Pacific head coach Brian Jackson. "This is another great accomplishment for Clark and the 2017 class."

Wininger also finished the season ranked No. 11 in the final West Region singles rankings — and along with junior Oscar Wight, the doubles tandem finished No. 8 in the region. As a team, the Pacific University men's tennis team finished No. 9 in those same West Region rankings.

Recently, Wininger was named the ITA Most Improved Senior for the West Region to go along with being named first team all-Northwest Conference for the second-straight year. He finished his career with an all-time singles mark of 46-16 (.742) and a 44-19 (.698) mark for a school record 90 wins.

During his senior season, Wininger posted a 14-7 record in singles and 15-6 in doubles. He ended his junior season on a 13-match winning streak in singles, while winning 13 of his last 15 in doubles matches.

He recently graduated from Pacific with a bachelor of arts degree in anthropology.

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