Women's tennis makes great strides with eight wins in 2017

Women's tennis makes great strides with eight wins in 2017

TACOMA, Washington – From youthful talent to senior leadership, the Puget Sound women's tennis program took great strides in 2017. The Loggers finished the season with eight wins in 2017, following consecutive two-win seasons in 2016 and 2015.

Freshman Lisa Owen competed at No. 1 singles for a majority of season, and she often teamed up with Nicole Bouche at No. 1 doubles. Owen opened her collegiate career on a tear, winning her first three singles matches. One of those victories came against No. 26 Whitman's top singles player.

Despite battling injuries, senior Elizabeth Chao and junior Tresa Bild provided upperclassman leadership both on and off courts.

The Logger women opened the season with two road wins at the College of Idaho. Puget Sound hit a bit of a rut when it lost four consecutive matches, including one to NCAA D-I Air Force. However, the Loggers bounced back to win five of their next six matches.

Puget Sound beat crosstown rival Pacific Lutheran twice during that stretch, and the Loggers upset Whitworth, 5-4, for their seventh win of the season.

By season's end, Owen was named to the All-Northwest Conference Second Team, and Bild earned Puget Sound's Richard Ulrich Leadership Award.

The Puget Sound men's tennis team opened the season with three consecutive 9-0 losses. The Loggers tried mightily to turn the corner in the fourth match of the season, but Pacific Lutheran topped Puget Sound, 6-3. Joe McRoberts and a healthy Riley Inn were the Loggers' top two players through most of the season.



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