Women's tennis poised for more postseason bids

Women's tennis poised for more postseason bids

TACOMA, Washington – One year after missing the postseason on a tiebreaker, the Puget Sound women's tennis team reached the Northwest Conference Tournament for the first time since 2014.

In 2018, the Loggers were knocking on the postseason door with a 4-4 NWC record. However, Whitworth claimed the fourth and final seed via tiebreaker. 

Fast forward to 2019, and the fortunes flipped for the Loggers' favor. Both Puget Sound and Lewis & Clark were 5-3 in the NWC, but this time around the Loggers held the tiebreaker and the No. 4 seed in the NWC Tournament. The Loggers were ultimately bounced by No. 1 Linfield.

Puget Sound opened the season with a strong 8-1 victory over Pacific Lutheran (Feb. 2), but a subsequent loss against NCAA D-I Seattle University (Feb. 15) was the first of three consecutive losses. The Loggers regrouped with consecutive wins against George Fox, Willamette, and Pacific. 

A three-match road trip against Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) teams proved to be a tough task, as the Loggers' only win came at Whittier. Upon returning to the Pacific Northwest, however, Puget Sound rattled off another three-match winning streak.

Junior Lisa Owen was named to the All-NWC First Team, marking her third consecutive All-NWC honor. Senior Nicole Bouche was selected to the All-NWC Second team. Owen posted a 7-1 record at No. 1 singles against NCAA D-III opponents. She teamed up with Nicole to go 8-3 at No. 1 doubles against NCAA D-III opponents. Bouche started the season with five consecutive wins at No. 2 singles in NCAA D-III matches. She was 9-5 overall in D-III singles matches.

Bouche graduated in May with the top GPA among all graduating Puget Sound female student-athletes. She was also celebrated with the John Heinrick Award for Leadership and Inspiration during Puget Sound's All-Sports Celebration in April.

Junior Bridget Myers was a reliable competitor all season, mostly playing at No. 3 singles. She often teamed up with fellow junior Barclay Fagg at No. 2 doubles, as Fagg competed on the No. 4 court for singles.