WALLA WALLA, Wash. – The 2013 season saw the Puget Sound women's tennis team put together one of the most impressive winning streaks in recent history. However, the season came to a close today after an 8-1 loss at Whitman.
The Loggers (13-5, 7-5 NWC) finished the season in a three-way tie for third in the conference with Whitworth and Linfield. Only the top-4 teams qualify for the NWC Tournament next week at Whitman. By way of conference tie-breaking procedures, the Loggers were the team that was left out of the tournament.
Before this weekend, the Loggers were on a roll. They had won 10 consecutive matches and went over one month without a loss. However, they came up just one win short of advancing to the postseason.
Whitman, who clinched the NWC regular season title with the win took all three doubles matches and then took 5-of-6 singles to earn the victory.
Logan Thompson came away with the Loggers lone point in a 6-4, 6-3 win over Jenna Dobrin in No. 3 singles. Malia Ford forced a third set at No. 3 with the match already in hand. However she fell in the third set tiebreaker 4-6, 6-2, 1-0 (10-2).
Ford also teamed up with Josie Dow in No. 3 doubles and put up a good fight before narrowly falling 8-6 to Katrina Allick and Kate Rubinstein.
The Loggers return all but one player from their starting lineup this year for the 2014 season.