FOREST GROVE, Ore.—The Puget Sound women's tennis squad took one step closer to a Northwest Conference berth Friday, tallying a 7-2 win at Pacific and clinching the NWC point over the Boxers at Holce Tennis Courts in Forest Grove, Ore.
With the win Friday, the Loggers wrapped up the season by winning 15 of possible 18 dual points against Pacific. They capture the NWC point against the Boxers for the year and remain in at least a tie for fourth in the NWC point standings. The top four teams in regards to NWC points earn berths to the conference tournament Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27.
Puget Sound opened up the Loggers with two doubles victories. The biggest one came from No. 3 singles when Allison Embernate and Sarah Nielsen won 8-2 over Esbeida Ramos and Kelly Flores. Malia Ford and Jenna Gerdsen also tallied a doubles victory, winning 9-7 at No. 2 singles. Friday was their first match as a doubles team this season.
The Loggers tallied five more victories in singles play. At No. 3 singles, Gerdsen tallied the biggest win by sweeping past Danielle Wicks at 6-0, 6-0. Embernate also won big, beating Danielle Hunter 6-1, 6-0 at No. 5 singles.
Nielsen, Ford, and Marissa Friedman also added two-set singles victories Friday. Nielsen won 6-4, 6-0 at No. 6, Ford 6-0, 6-4 at No. 4, and Friedman 6-2, 6-0 at No. 2 singles.
Atop the singles lineup, Logan Thompson forced three sets before falling in a super tiebreak. She won the first set 1-6, but fell 6-1 in the second and 10-7 in the third set super tiebreak.
Puget Sound (7-5, 6-5 NWC) will wrap up the regular season with a match at George Fox at 11:00 a.m. Entering today's contests, the Loggers and Bruins were tied for fourth in the NWC point standings with three points each. Puget Sound beat the Bruins 8-1 earlier in the season at home and as such, they need to claim one point in Saturday's dual at George Fox to clinch a postseason berth.