TACOMA, Wash.—The Puget Sound women's tennis squad played its first match of the season Friday night, breezing past Pacific 8-1 at the Tennis Pavilion on the University of Puget Sound campus in Tacoma, Wash.
The Loggers swept the three doubles matches, beginning the match with three of the necessary five points for victory. Puget Sound's No. 3 doubles team of Allison Embernate and Sarah Nielsen claimed the biggest doubles victory, beating Pacific's Danielle Hunter and Kelly Flores 8-1. At No. 2 singles, Malia Ford and Elizabeth Chao tallied an 8-4 victory over the Boxers' Carlee Rhodaback and Kelsey Lacic, and Logan Thompson and Marissa Friedman won 8-5 atop the doubles lineup as well.
Chao kicked off her collegiate singles career with an easy two-setter, dispatching Danielle Wicks 6-2, 6-0 in the fourth slot of the lineup. Ford and Nielson also tallied strong singles victories in the Nos. 5 and 6 slots, respectively. Ford beat the Boxers' Lacic 6-3, 6-1, while Nielson took out Flores 6-2, 6-2.
In the third singles position, Friedman started her singles season off with a 6-1, 6-2 victory, while Jenna Gerdsen was pushed to three sets before beating Francessca Battaglia. Gersen swept the first set 6-0, but fell in a tiebreak at 6-7 in the second. She prevailed in the 10-point tiebreak by a score of 10-8, however, to clinch the Loggers' eighth point of the night.
The Loggers (1-0, 1-0 NWC) are right back at it again Saturday, Feb. 22 when they host non-conference opponent College of Idaho. That match starts at 11:00 a.m., again at the on-campus Tennis Pavilion.