FOREST GROVE—The Puget Sound men's tennis team opened Northwest Conference play with a 5-4 win over Pacific at Holce Tennis Courts. The Loggers dropped 2-of-3 doubles matches but rebounded with a strong showing in singles.
The Boxers (1-1, 0-1 NWC) took two of three doubles matches from Puget Sound (1-0, 1-0 NWC) to start the day. Spencer Hing and Troy Zuroske defeated Michael Cutter and Nick Kelley 8-6 in the No. 1 spot and Patrick Kinghorn and Alen Suklje won 9-7 at the No. 3 spot beating Alex Harrison and Andrew Timmons.
The only loss suffered by Pacific in doubles play was at the No. 2 flight with Michael Okada and Scott Kawamura falling 8-6 to Scott Finkleman and Brent Hoshiba.
In singles play, Puget Sound took the upper hand, winning three of five matches. Hing fell 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 to Finkleman at the No. 1 spot. Okada followed losing 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 to Cutter in the No. 2 position.
Freshman Zuroske picked up Pacific's first singles win 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 over Kelley in the No. 3 flight. However, Puget Sound picked up another win at No. 4 with Harrison defeating Derek Cooley 6-2, 6-2.
Eric Furuya picked up the Boxers' second individual win in the No. 5 position with two 6-1 wins over Brian Burger. His brother, Michael Furuya (So., Portland, Ore.) followed with a 7-5, 6-0 lost at the No. 6 spot to Hoshiba.