SARTELL, Minn. – The Northern Arizona women's tennis team kicked off its weekend with its third straight 7-0 win as it shut out St. Cloud State on Friday in the first-ever meeting between the two schools. The Lumberjacks were dominant once again as they saw their record climb over to the plus side of .500 for the first time this spring, improving to 9-8 this season. They are now one win shy of their program-best eighth consecutive double-digit win campaign.
"It was great to get a match under our belt heading into North Dakota," said director of tennis Kim Bruno. "They were a solid Division II team and tomorrow we'll have to up our level a little bit but I'm happy that we came out on top today. We're just excited to play again tomorrow."
The Lumberjacks was a perfect 18-for-18 between both doubles and singles in their 7-0 wins over Portland State and Valparaiso on Sunday and continued their streak on Friday in winning all eight matches. It all began in doubles play as NAU registered a pair of 8-0 shutouts at No. 2 and 3 doubles. Seniors Alice Pacaut and Malia Wahinepio earned their 11th win in their last 12 matches at No. 3 before seniors Ghizelene Doballah and Nicole Perez clinched the doubles point at No. 2 with their third consecutive win.
While the two NAU pairs were competing in doubles play, sophomore Johanna Vang and junior Tatum Rochin were engaged in singles competition and rolled their way to a pair of 6-0, 6-0 wins at No. 2 and 6 singles respectively. Vang and Rochin's victories were two of four NAU wins of the 6-0, 6-0 variety over its St. Cloud State counterparts as Pacaut and Perez both won without dropping a game either, while Wahinepio won at No. 3, 6-0, 6-3. Doballah capped off the Lumberjack sweep with a tough three-set victory at the top position. After the Huskies' Cassandra Brown took the first set, Doballah fought back to win the final two sets to complete NAU's perfect day.
NAU, 2-1 in Big Sky play, will aim for their second consecutive conference win and fourth consecutive win overall on Saturday when it plays North Dakota at 7 a.m. in Grand Forks, N.D. The match between UND and the Lumberjacks will be the first all-time meeting between the two programs.
1. Tatum Rochin/Johanna Vang (NAU) vs. Cassandra Brown/Katie Kotschevar (SCSU), not played
2. Ghizelene Doballah/Nicole Perez (NAU) def. Jordee Matson/Gabbie Pung (SCSU), 8-0*
3. Alice Pacaut/Malia Wahinepio (NAU) def. Hanna Kantor/Tori Marlton (SCSU), 8-0
*Clinched Doubles Point
Order of Finish: (3, 2)
1. Doballah (NAU) def. Brown (SCSU), 4-6, 6-1, 1-0 (10-4)
2. Vang (NAU) def. Kotschevar (SCSU), 6-0, 6-0
3. Wahinepio (NAU) def. Maribelle Siefried (SCSU), 6-0, 6-3**
4. Pacaut (NAU) def. Kantor (SCSU), 6-0, 6-0
5. Perez (NAU) def. Pung (SCSU), 6-0, 6-0
6. Rochin (NAU) def. Laura Hintzen (SCSU), 6-0, 6-0
Order of Finish: (6, 2, 3, 5, 4, 1)