TACOMA, Washington – Ten newcomers join the Puget Sound tennis programs for a 2019 spring season that is poised to shape the future of Logger tennis.
The Logger women introduce four freshmen to their veteran squad. Kayla Grey, Avery Honaker, Hannamei Levine, and Lia Van Steeter will learn the ropes from several upperclassmen. Junior Lisa Owen is a two-time All-Northwest Conference honoree. She was named to the All-NWC First Team last year, and she was an All-NWC Honorable Mention as a freshman.
Owen will mostly compete in the No. 1 slot for both singles and doubles. Senior Nicole Bouche was Owen's doubles partner for most of 2018. Junior Bridget Myers returns for the Maroon & White after a solid sophomore campaign. During a weekend of NWC matches in early March last year, Myers and Bouche defeated both their Willamette and George Fox counterparts. The pair was subsequently the Loggers of the Week.
The Puget Sound women have what it takes to improve last year's NWC standing, when the Loggers finished in fourth place with a 4-4 NWC record (6-6 overall).
Riley Inn and Ben Colson are the only two seniors on the Puget Sound men's tennis team that has six freshman. Sidney Alwen, Caleb Martin, Nicholas Pulido, Aiden Velasco, Paul Wallace, and Benjamin Williams are all in their first year for the Maroon & White.
Inn will likely compete at No. 1 singles for the Loggers this spring, with Colson at No. 2. Graham Byron, the team's only junior, will also be counted on to get some wins. The Loggers additionally have a dedicated sophomore trio in Lowell Hutton, Jose Sebastian Linares, and Joshua Wah-Blumberg.
Earlier this school year, the Logger men traveled to Walla Walla, Washington to compete in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association West Regional. Hutton was the only Logger to advance to the second round.
Men's and women's head coach Matthew Simons returns for his second year with Puget Sound. He and the Loggers waste little time easing into the season, as the 2019 campaign begins with both Logger teams hosting Pacific Lutheran Saturday, Feb. 2.
The Logger men and women will each compete at NCAA D-I Seattle University. The men's matchup is Feb. 8, and the women's is Feb. 15.
The Puget Sound teams travel to southern California for several matches in late March. The Logger men compete at Cal Lutheran (March 21), at Occidental (March 22) and Whittier (March 23). Meanwhile, the Logger women will take on Occidental (March 20), Cal Lutheran (March 21), and Whittier (March 23).