FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — The Northern Arizona University women's tennis team clinched their fourth straight win, second in conference, sweeping Southern Utah 7-0. In their second home match of the season, the Lumberjacks dominated on every court, not dropping a single set. Northern Arizona is now 2-0 in conference and 4-2 overall this season.
"Getting a win gives them confidence," said Assistant Coach Orsi Golovics. "It is great being able to win at home against a conference opponent."
The Lumberjacks swept through doubles winning 6-0, 6-1 and 7-5 against the Thunderbirds. NAU's doubles teams remained the same this week with pairs Blanka Szavay and Chiara Tomasetti, Brandy Walker and Hanneke Lodewijks and Marta Lewandowska and Hailey Rochin.
The Lumberjacks started singles with Eirene Granville's 6-0, 6-1 win over SUU's Laura Martin Lozano, and kept the momentum going throughout the afternoon. With the score 2-0, Northern Arizona continued the pressure and Southern Utah struggled to combat the 'Jacks. Hanneke Lodewijks then pushed NAU up 3-0 at the No. 1 position with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Evgenia Marushko. The Lumberjacks won the next four matches, ending with Marta Lewandowska's impressive win on court five. Lewandowska took on SUU's junior Teresa de Enrique Schmidt with a 6-1, 7-5 finish. This was the NAU senior's first conference and season win.
"Marta's win was huge," said Golovics. "She finished the match strong, and hopefully that gave her confidence to continue to play her game."
The Lumberjacks face the Portland State Vikings tomorrow, Feb. 26 in the Aquatic and Tennis Complex. The Vikings are 0-5 overall and 0-3 in conference against Idaho, North Dakota and Montana State. Match time is set for 10 a.m. and is free for all who attend.
Order of Finish: 2, 1, 3
1. Hanneke Lodewijks (NAU) def. Evgenia Marushko (SUU) 6-1, 6-2
2. Chiara Tomasetti (NAU) def. Mikala Lowrance (SUU) 6-0, 6-4
3. Blanka Szavay (NAU) def. Cloe Stocking (SUU) 6-2, 6-2
4. Brandy Walker (NAU) def. Charity Sagiao (SUU) 6-4, 6-3
5. Marta Lewandowska (NAU) def. Teresa de Enrique Schmidt (SUU) 6-1, 7-5
6. Eirene Granville (NAU) def. Laura Martin Lozano (SUU) 6-2, 6-0
Order of Finish: 6, 1, 3*, 4, 2, 5