Women’s tennis clinches spot in NWC tournament

Women’s tennis clinches spot in NWC tournament

BEAVERTON, Ore.—The Puget Sound women's tennis team captured a berth in the Northwest Conference tournament Saturday with a 7-2 win at George Fox. The Loggers swept the six singles contests, coming back from a 2-1 deficit after doubles play at Tualatin Hills Tennis Center in Beaverton, Ore.

Puget Sound tallied its first spot in the NWC tournament since at least 2009 with the victory over George Fox. They end the regular season with five championship points, taking winning the season series against Pacific, George Fox, Lewis & Clark, Willamette, and Pacific Lutheran. The Loggers finish fourth in the conference championship standings and will take on top-ranked Whitman in the tournament's first round.

The Loggers claimed the victory over George Fox Saturday thanks to wins in all six singles matches. Every Logger won their singles contest in convincing fashion, ceding at most five total games over two sets. Alana Hopper, playing just her second match of the year, tallied the biggest win for Puget Sound, sweeping Ilsa Teppo at No. 6 singles 6-0, 6-0. Allison Embernate nearly did the same to Ali Diehl at No. 4 singles, allowing Diehl just one game in the second set before winning 6-0, 6-1. Embernate finished the regular season as the Loggers' top singles player, going 8-2 individually.

Three Loggers won by similar 6-2, 6-2 scores at Logan Thompson, Marissa Friedman, and Sarah Nielsen all won by that score. Thompson tallied the win atop the singles lineup, Friedman played at No. 2 singles, and Nielsen won her fifth singles position matchup.

Jenna Gerdsen wrapped up the Loggers' perfect singles play with a 6-3, 6-2 win at No. 3 singles.

Embernate and Nielsen tallied the Loggers' other point on the day, beating Shelby Arnold and Jessica Moss 8-0 at No. 3 doubles. At No. 2 doubles, Malia Ford and Gerdsen nearly pulled off the win, but lost in a pro set tiebreak 9-8 (7-4). Friedman and Thompson fell 8-5 atop the doubles lineup.

The Loggers (8-5, 7-5 NWC) will take on the Missionaries Saturday, April 26. The time is yet to be announced, but that match will either start at 10:00 a.m. or 2:00 p.m., depending on the location of the men's tennis tournament.