Puget Sound Gets By Willamette, 5-4, in NWC Men's Tennis

By Ryan Borde, Assistant Athletics Communications Director, (503) 370-6110, rborde@willamette.edu

(MEN’S TENNIS) TACOMA, WASH. -- The University of Puget Sound took two of three doubles matches, then won the first three singles matches, as the Loggers defeated Willamette University, 5-4, in a Northwest Conference men's tennis match at the Puget Sound Tennis Pavilion on Saturday, March 10. Puget Sound improved to 5-7 overall and to 5-6 in the NWC. Willamette dropped to 3-7 on the season, 3-6 in the NWC.

The Bearcat tandom of Shaun Mihalick (Sr., Mukilteo, WA/Eastlake HS) and Eric MacMillan (Jr., Twin Falls, ID/Twin Falls HS) got things started right for WU, as they picked up an 8-5 win at #1 doubles. From there, though, UPS won at #2 and #3 doubles, and then won the first, second, and third singles matches, to get the 5-4 win.

Willamette’s remaining victories came during the fourth, fifth, and sixth singles matches. Ethan Heinrich (Fr., San Carlos, CA/Davis Senior HS) picked up the win at #4 singles, Micah Mack (Fr., Wenatchee, WA/Wenatchee HS) won at #5 singles, and Geoff Klein (Jr., Sagle, ID/Sandpoint HS) got the win at #6 singles. Mack and Heinrich lost a close match at #2 doubles, 8-6.

MacMillan, at #1 singles, narrowly lost to Puget Sound's Andrew Neal, 7-6, 7-6. WU's Fitz Paccione (Jr., Encinitas, CA/Cathedral Catholic HS) and UPS's Nick Amland battled at #2 singles, before Amland won in three sets, 6-2, 2-6, 6-2.

Willamette returns to action next Saturday when they host NWC-rival Whitworth College at the Willamette University Tennis Courts. The match is set to start at 10 a.m. (PDT).

Saturday, March 10
At University of Puget Sound Tennis Pavilion, Tacoma, Wash.

University of Puget Sound 5, Willamette University 4

Singles
#1 - Andrew Neal (UPS) defeated Eric MacMillan (WU), 7-6, 7-6
#2 - Nick Amland (UPS) defeated Fitz Paccione (WU), 6-2, 2-6, 6-2
#3 - Jamie Hosmer (UPS) defeated Shaun Mihalick (WU), 6-3, 6-2
#4 - Ethan Heinrich (WU) defeated Kei Sato (UPS), 6-2, 2-6, 7-6
#5 - Micah Mack (WU) defeated Sam McCullugh (UPS), 6-4, 5-7, 6-4
#6 - Geoff Klein (WU) defeated Dan Davydov (UPS), 7-6, 2-6, 6-4

Doubles
#1 - Mihalick and MacMillan (WU) defeated Hosmer and McCullugh, 8-5
#2 - Neal and Sato (UPS) defeated Mack and Heinrich (WU), 8-6
#3 - Amland and Zac Peeler (UPS) defeated Klein and Paccione (WU), 8-2