SPOKANE, Wash. - The Puget Sound Loggers held a 2-1 lead after doubles play but the Whitworth Pirates swept singles play to win the Northwest Conference men's tennis match on Friday afternoon in Spokane, Wash.
The Loggers put the regionally-ranked Pirates onto the ropes in doubles play as the number one team of Nick Kelley (Denver, Colo./Kent Denver) and Mike Cutter (Colorado Springs, Colo./Cheyenne Mountain) earned a hard-fought 8-6 victory over Michael Shelton and Colin Zalewski.
The Pirates were able to pick up a win in the second position but the Logger team of Scooter Sabel (Sun Valley, Idaho/Community) and Ben Miller (Silverdale, Wash./Central Kitsap) earned an 8-3 win over Kellen Oetgen and Colin Barrett.
With the Loggers holding the slim lead, Whitworth came out determined in singles play, sweeping all six matches in straight sets to collect the 7-2 victory.
The road trip won't get any easier for the Loggers on Saturday when they head down to Walla Walla, Wash. to take on nationally-ranked Whitman.