Puget Sound Uses Depth to Defeat Willamette, 6-3

Gutierrez and Poltavski Win #1 and #2 Singles, plus #1 Doubles, for Bearcats

By Robert McKinney, Athletics Communications Director, (503) 370-6110

SALEM, ORE. -- Willamette University won #1 and #2 singles, as well as #1 doubles, but the University of Puget Sound earned wins at the remaining doubles matches and #3 through #6 singles to defeat the Bearcats, 6-3, in Northwest Conference women's tennis action on Friday, Feb. 28. The match was played indoors at the Courthouse Tennis Center.

The Loggers improved their record to 3-0 overall, 2-0 in the NWC. Willamette fell to 1-3 on the season, 0-3 in the NWC.

Sabrina Gutierrez (Sr., Newbury Park, CA/Newbury Park HS) and Denise Poltavski (Jr., Woodland Hills, CA/El Camino Real HS) teamed up to win #1 doubles for Willamette, 8-1, over Puget Sound's team of Logan Thompson and Marissa Friedman.

Puget Sound gained a slim 2-1 lead in the team match standings by earning victories at #2 and #3 doubles.

In the #2 match, Elizabeth Chao and Malia Ford of UPS downed Nebraska Lucas (Fr., Portland, OR/Cleveland HS) and Alicia Sohn (Fr., Tustin, CA/Arnold O. Beckman HS), 8-2. At #3 doubles, Sarah Nielsen and Allison Embernate from UPS outlasted Emily Guimont (Jr., El Dorado Hills, CA/Folsom HS) and Taylor Coggeshall (Fr., Sacramento, CA/Rio Americano HS), 8-5.

After winning at #1 doubles, Gutierrez and Poltavski of Willamette added triumphs at #1 and #2 singles, respectively.

Gutierrez edged out Thompson for a very close win at the #1 position by claiming two tie-breakers. Gutierrez prevailed, 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (7-2). Poltavski cruised to a 6-1 win in the first set at #2 singles, before holding off Gerdsen in the second set, 6-3.

Depth helped Puget Sound secure the overall win, as the Loggers gained victories from Friedman at #3 singles, Chao at #4 singles, Ford at #5 singles and Nielsen at #6 singles. Ford's win at #5 was a battle, as she narrowly defeated Guimont, 6-4, 7-6 (7-5).

Willamette will host Pacific Lutheran University in another NWC match on Saturday (March 1) at the Courthouse Tennis Center. The action is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. (PST).

University of Puget Sound 6
Willamette University 3
Sabrina Gutierrez won a pair of tie-breakers to defeat Logan Thompson at #1 singles, 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (7-2).

Sabrina Gutierrez won a pair of tie-breakers to defeat Logan Thompson at #1 singles, 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (7-2).