GOLD RIVER, Calif. – The Northern Arizona women's tennis team season came to an end today as the Lumberjacks fell to the defending Big Sky Champions, Sacramento State, 4-0 in the semifinals. NAU finishes with a 9-16 overall record and an 8-2 conference record.
"We knew this match was going to be tough," said head coach Kim Bruno. "Sacramento State had their full lineup and no injuries. We are disappointed but we will not let this loss define our season and I am proud of what our team overcome and accomplish."
Sacramento State got their revenge after Northern Arizona defeated the Hornets in Flagstaff two weeks ago. Sacramento State won all five matches in the semifinals to advance to the Big Sky Championship. The Hornets went 2-0 in doubles to take the early 1-0 lead and carried that momentum into singles with wins on the No. 1, No. 5 and No. 6 court to take the win.
This was the final match for senior Tatum Rochin who was a great captain for this year's young squad. Rochin ends her NAU career with 13 career singles wins and 14 victories in doubles. The future is bright for NAU women's tennis as Bruno has developed this young squad as a top tier team in the Big Sky Conference.
NAU ends the season with eight wins in the Big Sky with a second place finish.
1. LOHSCHEIDT, Sophie/BOIJA, Olivia (SAC) def. BOX, Emelia/ROCHIN, Hailey (NAU) 8-4
2. KNOEBL, Katharina/SAVCHENKO, Daria (SAC) vs. VANG, Johanna/SPRUCH, Sarah (NAU) no result
3. SOLTANICI, Alina/BULATOVAITE, D. (SAC) def. ROCHIN, Tatum/DENESIK, Jordan (NAU) 8-3
Order of Finish: 3, 1
1. SAVCHENKO, Daria (SAC) def. VANG, Johanna (NAU) 6-1, 6-0
2. SOLTANICI, Alina (SAC) vs. BOX, Emelia (NAU) no result
3. LOHSCHEIDT, Sophie (SAC) vs. ROCHIN, Hailey (NAU) no result
4. BOIJA, Olivia (SAC) vs. DENESIK, Jordan (NAU) no result
5. BULATOVAITE, D. (SAC) def. ROCHIN, Tatum (NAU) 6-0, 6-0
6. KNOEBL, Katharina (SAC) def. SPRUCH, Sarah (NAU) 6-1, 6-0
Order of Finish: 5, 1, 6