FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona University women's tennis team is back in action and on the road this weekend against Arizona. The Lumberjacks will take on the Wildcats in their lone match of the weekend in Tucson. NAU is coming off a close 4-3 loss against UC Davis, after being rained out against Arizona State.
The Lumberjacks came out strong in doubles against UC Davis with starters Hanneke Lodewijks and Blanka Szavay on court one and Marta Lewandowska and Chiara Tomasetti on court two. Despite the strong start, NAU fell to UC Davis who took the lead and clinched the match in singles. The Lumberjacks are 0-1 on the season.
"Everyone is excited to play on Saturday, and especially getting an opportunity to play a nationally ranked program, like the University of Arizona," said Director of Tennis Ki Kroll. "It's all about giving our best effort, and staying focused."
The Lumberjacks finished 2016 as regular season champions with an 18-8 overall record and 10-1 in Big Sky Conference play.
As of Jan. 4, freshman Chiara Tomasetti sits at No. 18 in the Mountain Region singles rankings.
Match Day: Saturday, Jan. 28
Match Time: 10:00 a.m.
Match Location: Tucson, Ariz.
The U of A Women's Tennis team will open their season at home against Northern Arizona. The Wildcats include No. 18 Lauren Marker who averages 25.76 in singles. The Wildcats went 12-11 overall last season. The last time Arizona took on NAU they won 5-0 at home.
The Lumberjacks will have a week off, before competing in their first home match of the season against Grand Canyon Feb. 10. Match time versus the Lopes is set for 5 p.m. This will be the only match for the Lumberjacks. NAU will compete in the Aquatic and Tennis Complex and admission is free for all who attend.
Northern Arizona competed in five fall tournaments at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, University of Arizona, ITA Mountain Regionals in Albuquerque, N.M., Arizona State University and Grand Canyon University. All seven Lumberjacks played this fall, with standout seniors Lewandowska and Hailey Rochin and freshman Tomasetti who had incredible preseasons. To start the fall, redshirt junior Szavay paired with sophomore Lodewijks for a doubles win in their first match at the UNLV Invitational. Lewandowska came up with two singles wins and finished 2-1 in doubles with freshman Brandy Walker. Walker picked up a third-place finish in singles for the first time as a Lumberjack in that tournament. At Arizona, the Lumberjacks posted a 9-7 singles record and a notable 7-1 doubles record, including two singles wins for Lewandowska, Tomasetti and sophomore Granville. The Lumberjacks finished strong with Tomasetti qualifying for the Round 16 in singles at the ITA Mountain Regionals.