FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona women's tennis extended its win streak to six on Saturday, handing Idaho State a 6-1 loss at Continental Country Club in the second match of a back-to-back. Their six-match win streak is the Lumberjacks' longest since the 2008 season when they won seven in a row. The Lumberjacks moved into sole possession of second place in the Big Sky with the victory and now sits at 12-8 overall and 5-1 in the conference.
"They competed well," said director of tennis Kim Bruno. "Johanna (Vang) didn't play her best match but that's why she has six other teammates. Without Hannah (Stone) in the lineup, Tatum (Rochin) stepped into No. 1 doubles and their energy filtered through the rest of the team. I couldn't be prouder of where we are right now and what the girls can do. We came together as a team and that's what it takes to win matches."
Junior Tatum Rochin stepped in for sophomore Hannah Stone at No. 1 doubles and partnered with sophomore Johanna Vang for the first time this season as the Lumberjacks' top pair in the lineup set the tone with an 8-2 victory. NAU's No. 2 and 3 doubles pairs followed with identical 8-2 wins as the team swept doubles play for the sixth consecutive time during its winning streak.
Idaho State's Kasey Bacon knotted the match at 1-1 with the Bengals' lone win of the day at No. 2 singles as she defeated Vang in straight-sets. The Lumberjacks would win out from there though including wins at No. 3, 4, 5 and 6 without dropping a set. At No. 1, senior Ghizelene Doballah prevailed in a three-set battle with Marian Tangarife, winning 6-3, 4-6, 1-0 (10-6).
In the midst of the Lumberjacks' 5-for-6 run through singles play, senior Nicole Perez notched her career-high 14th singles victory of the season, moving to a team-best 14-6. Senior Alice Pacaut recorded her 13th win while Wahinepio joined Perez, Pacaut and Vang with double-digit singles victories. Rochin continued her perfect mark and improved to 6-0 in singles play.
The Lumberjacks will try for their seventh consecutive victory on Monday in the final match of their homestand. They will host Texas-Pan American at 9 a.m. at Continental Country Club. With a win, they will tie the second-longest win streak in program history, a streak that has been achieved on four other occasions with the last occurring in 2008.
1. Tatum Rochin/Johanna Vang (NAU) def. Marian Tangarife/Laura Theus (ISU), 8-2
2. Ghizelene Doballah/Nicole Perez (NAU) def. Wiebke Boeckmann/Svenja Tegtmeier (ISU), 8-2
3. Alice Pacaut/Malia Wahinepio (NAU) def. Kasey Bacon/Madelyn Weltzin (ISU), 8-2*
*Clinched Doubles Point
Order of Finish: (1, 3, 2)
1. Doballah (NAU) def. Tangarife (ISU), 6-3, 4-6, 1-0 (10-6)
2. Bacon (ISU) def. Vang (NAU), 6-2, 7-5
3. Wahinepio (NAU) def. Tegtmeier (ISU), 6-2, 6-3
4. Pacaut (NAU) def. Weltzin (ISU), 7-6 (7-2), 6-1
5. Perez (NAU) def. Theus (ISU), 6-4, 6-0
6. Rochin (NAU) def. Zamira Vasquez (ISU), 6-2, 6-3**
Order of Finish: (2, 3, 5, 6, 1, 4)