TACOMA, Washington – The Puget Sound women's tennis team came up one win why of qualifying for the 2018 Northwest Conference Tournament, but instead of reflecting on what could have been, the Loggers are looking at a program that is rapidly on the rise.
After posting a 2-16 overall record (1-11 NWC) in 2016, the Puget Sound women are 14-16 (9-11 NWC) through the past two seasons. By the end of the 2018 campaign, sophomore Lisa Owen earned her second consecutive All-NWC nod, and senior Tressa Bild received a Puget Sound Athletics award for the second consecutive year.
Owen was named to the 2018 All-NWC First Team one year after being named an Honorable Mention during her freshman season. Bild received Puget Sound's Richard Ulrich Award for Leadership in 2017, and she was again honored in 2018 with the Dill Howell Most Improved Athlete Award.
In early March, both Nicole Bouche and Bridget Myers were named Logger of the Week. Competing at No. 2 doubles against NWC opponents the duo beat counterparts at both Lewis & Clark and George Fox. Bouche and Myers beat the Pioneers, 8-5, and topped the Bruins, 8-2.
The Loggers' 5-4 win over George Fox (March 4) was the first of three consecutive NWC wins for Puget Sound. The Loggers toppled Willamette and Pacific during the streak, both by 7-2 margins.
Puget Sound ended its NWC season the say way it began – with a win over rival Pacific Lutheran. The Loggers beat the Lutes, 5-4, to open the conference slate, Feb. 9. The NWC schedule concluded with a 6-3 victory over Pacific Lutheran, April 13.
The Logger men's and women's squads received Puget Sound's Ron Thomas Team Spirit Award.