TACOMA, Wash. – A break in competition didn't cool off the red-hot Puget Sound women's tennis team as it defeated Pacific Lutheran 8-1 on Friday. The Loggers (12-3, 6-3 NWC) won their ninth consecutive match in defeating PLU (7-7, 5-4 NWC) and came one step closer to clinching a spot in the NWC Tournament.
The Loggers swept through the doubles points to open the match in their final home contest of the season. Maddie Thiesse and Alison Embernate took the 8-3 win at No. 1 while Josie Dow and Malia Ford won the No. 3 match 8-4. Marissa Thompson and Marissa Friedman were pushed a little more in the No. 2 match but took the 9-8 (7-4) win over Leah Newell and Tina Aarsvold.
Thompson and Friedman helped the Loggers clinch the match early with straight set wins in single. Thompson won 6-0, 6-2 over Payton McGriff at No. 3 and Friedman won 7-5, 6-2 at No. 4. Dow also won in straight sets with a 6-0, 6-4 win at No. 5 over Catherine Miolla.
With the match already in hand for the Loggers, three matches were forced into a third set. Jenna Gerdsen defeated Leah Newell 3-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-8). Ford won 6-4, 4-6, 1-0 (16-14) in the No. 6 match. The Lutes lone point came in No. 1 singles with Samantha Lund defeating Thiesse 6-4, 1-6, 1-0 (10-5).
The Loggers will play their final three matches on the road, starting with a 1 p.m. match at Willamette tomorrow.