FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — The Northern Arizona University women's tennis team hosted Grand Canyon Friday night in what was their first win of 2017. The Lumberjacks dominated the court 5-2, winning in doubles and only dropping two singles matches. The 'Jacks are now 1-2 so far this season.
"They started off strong in doubles," said Assistant Coach Orsi Golovics. "Even though Grand Canyon started to come back, we kept our momentum and finished strong too."
The Lumberjacks brought the energy from the beginning with doubles pair Chiara Tomasetti and Blanka Szavay winning the first match 6-1 over GCU on court one. With the crowd on their feet, Brandy Walker and Hanneke Lodewijks clinched the doubles point on court two 7-4.
Carrying the momentum from doubles, NAU's Eirene Granville won the first singles match 6-1, 6-1 putting the Lumberjacks up 2-0 against the Lopes.
"Both Blanka [Szavay] and Hanneke [Lodewijks] had a great match tonight," said Golovics. "Blanka started off strong and finished with a win. Hanneke had a tough battle, but came back and dominated too."
After the first game, the Lumberjacks lost on court four, putting the Lopes within one point at 2-1. Szavay dominated on court three winning 6-0, 7-6 before GCU came back with another win. Both teams went back and forth throughout the night until Lodewijks clinched the match besting GCU's top player Tatum Prudhomme 0-6, 6-3, 6-1. Court two continued play with No. 18 Tomasetti getting NAU's final point after a ten-point tiebreaker.
The Lumberjacks won 5-2 and will go into conference play Feb. 18 against the 2016 co-regular season champions Sacramento State. Match time is set for 10 a.m. NAU will also travel to take on non-conference opponent San Francisco Feb. 19 at 4 p.m.
Order of Finish: 1, 2, 3
1. Hanneke Lodewijks (NAU) def. Tatum Prudhomme (GCU) 0-6, 6-3, 6-1
2. Chiara Tomasetti (NAU) def. Alexandra Petrzalkova (GCU) 6-3, 5-7, 10-8
3. Blanka Szavay (NAU) def. Susan Baklini (GCU) 6-0, 7-6
4. Lana Rinaldi (GCU) def. Brandy Walker (NAU) 3-6, 2-6
5. Emilia Occhipinti (GCU) def. Marta Lewandowska (NAU) 6-7, 1-6
6. Eirene Granville (NAU) def. Marie Deleval (GCU) 6-1, 6-1
Order of Finish: 6, 4, 3, 5, 1*, 2