PORTLAND, Ore.—The Puget Sound women's tennis squad fell in a close match at Lewis & Clark Saturday, coming out on the wrong side of a 5-4 decision at LC Tennis Dome in Portland, Ore.
The Loggers won one of the three doubles matches to begin the match. At No. 3 doubles, Sarah Nielsen and Allison Embernate swept passed the Pioneers' Esa Grigsby and Allison Schneider 8-0. The other two doubles pairs for Puget Sound fell by similar 8-6 scores.
Puget Sound and Lewis & Clark split the singles matches with the Loggers winning at Nos. 1, 5, and 6. Both Embernate and Nielsen won their individual competitions as well with Embernate beating Grigsby at No. 5 by a 6-1, 6-1 score. Nielsen took down Schneider for the second time Saturday, winning 6-1, 6-2 at No. 6 singles. The Loggers got their third singles victory atop the lineup where Logan Thompson won when Claudia Lew retired in the third set. Thompson won the first set 6-4, but fell in the second set 6-7. Lew was up in the third by two sets to love when she retired.
Two other singles matches reached the deciding third set as well, and both of those were won by Lewis & Clark competitors. Marissa Friedman fell in three sets at No. 2 singles while Malia Ford forced three sets before losing at No. 4 singles.
Puget Sound (6-5, 5-5 NWC) has two more matches left in the regular season. They travel back to Oregon next weekend for a match Friday, April 18 at 4:00 p.m. at Pacific in Forest Grove, Ore., They wrap up the campaign with a dual at George Fox on Saturday, April 19 at 11:00 a.m. in Newberg, Ore.