Men’s tennis falls at Pacific in season opener

Men’s tennis falls at Pacific in season opener

FOREST GROVE, Ore.—The Puget Sound men's tennis team kicked off its 2014 campaign Friday night at Pacific, falling to the host Boxers 9-0 at the Holce Tennis Courts in Forest Grove, Ore.

Two Loggers took their singles matches to three sets as Myles Rivera-Flam went three against Reuben Mulhern in the No. 3 slot. Rivera-Flam won the first set 4-6, but fell 6-3 in the second. The deciding third set went to a tiebreak, which Mulhern won 8-6 for the 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(8-6) decision.

At No 5 singles, John Stevens also went to three sets. Stevens won the first-set tiebreak 5-7, taking the set 6-7(5-7). Pacific's Jason Voss came back to sweep the second set 6-0 before prevailing in a super tiebreak 10-3 for the singles win.

Jake Peterson also saw a tiebreak in his singles match. In the sixth position, he battled Ben Ryweck, falling 7-6(7-1) in the first. Ryweck swept the second set 6-0 to complete the two-set victory. In the lead singles slot, Daniel Deuel forced an extra game in the second set. He fell to opponent Troy Zuroske 6-4, 7-5 to begin the 2014 season, however.

Pacific also won all three doubles matches. The closest doubles match came in the No. 2 position where Deuel and Peterson took games against Giancarlo Battaglia and Alen Suklje of Pacific. The Boxers' duo won that match 8-4.  

The Loggers (0-1, 0-1 NWC) next take the court Friday, Feb. 28 when they host Willamette in their first home match of the season. That contest will take place at 4:00 p.m. in the Tennis Pavilion on the University of Puget Sound campus in Tacoma, Wash.