TACOMA, Wash. – Another strong singles performance led the University of Puget Sound men's tennis team to a 6-3 win over the visiting College of Idaho on Sunday. The Loggers (2-2, 1-2 NWC) won five of the six singles matches to clinch the victory.
In the No. 3-6 slots, the Loggers won in straight sets. Michael Cutter defeated Joel Hernandez 6-2, 6-1 at the No. 3 while Ben Miller took down the Yotes' Mark Malmstrom 6-3, 6-4. Puget Sound's John Stevens earned a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Jaron Tietsort at No. 5 and Alex Harrison defeated the Yotes' Thomas McMahon 6-2, 6-3 at No. 6.
The straight set victories were enough to clinch the match as the Loggers also won the No. 2 doubles match. However, Chas Stewart fought off Isaac Creed 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 for the Loggers final victory of the day in the No. 2 slot. Chenjerai Simpson took the Yotes lone singles victory 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 over Sam Finkleman.
Cutter and Harrison teamed up for the Loggers lone doubles victory with an 8-6 win over Creed and Hernandez. However, the Yotes took the early advantage when Simpson and McMahon defeated Finkleman and Stewart 8-6 in the No. 1 match, and the Yotes' Malstrom-Tietsort duo defeated Stevens and Miller 8-4 in the no. 3 slot.
Both of the Loggers' wins this year have come despite dropping two of three doubles matches. They will stay home next week to host Whitman on Mar. 4 at 3 p.m.