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UTEP and Utah State on Deck for NAU Women's Tennis at Home

Eirene Granville (Photo by David Patten)
Eirene Granville (Photo by David Patten)

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — With five consecutive wins, two straight sweeps and an undefeated home record, the Northern Arizona Women's Tennis team is back in action this weekend against the University of Texas – El Paso Miners March 3 at 2 p.m. and the Utah State Aggies March 5 at 10 a.m. The Lumberjacks will remain at home after coming off two 7-0 victories over Southern Utah and Portland State. Northern Arizona joins Idaho, Montana State and Idaho State as one of the undefeated teams in the Big Sky.

"Every match we look to bring intensity and a commitment to giving our best effort, nothing more and nothing less," said Director of Tennis Ki Kroll.

Going into the weekend, the Lumberjacks are 5-2 and looking for their sixth straight win. In doubles, the 'Jacks are 14-4 overall with pair Hanneke Lodewijks and Brandy Walker leading the team with five wins. In singles, sophomore Eirene Granville and senior Blanka Szavay remain undefeated this season, while Walker is undefeated in conference. Szavay leads the team with six wins and was named Big Sky Player of the Week last week. The last time NAU competed against these teams, they lost to UTEP 2-5 and beat Utah State 4-1.

Northern Arizona is set to start the weekend against the UTEP Miners Friday, March 3 at 2 p.m. On Sunday, March 5 the Lumberjacks will compete against the Utah State Aggies at 10 a.m. Both matches will be played in the Aquatic and Tennis Complex and free for all who attend.

Highlight Reel

  • The Lumberjacks finished 2016 as regular season champions with an 18-8 overall record and 10-1 in Big Sky Conference play.
  • Since Jan. 4, freshman Chiara Tomasetti sits at No. 18 in the Mountain Region singles rankings. 
  • On Feb. 22 Blanka Szavay was the first Lumberjack named Big Sky Player of the Week in the 2017 season.

Weekend Scout

UTEP

Match Day: Friday, March 3

Match Time: 2:00 p.m.

Match Location: Flagstaff, Ariz.

The UTEP Miners are 4-7 overall and coming off a week of training after not competing this past weekend. The last time they competed, the Miners had a three-match weekend going 2-1 against Nebraska-Kearney, Wyoming and Colorado. The UTEP squad includes No. 55 nationally ranked doubles pair sophomore Vivieen Kulicke and junior Milou Pietersz. The two have gone 18-5 since August and are currently 8-1. On February 8, the two were ranked No. 48.

A member of Conference USA, UTEP is led by head coach Roberto Aspillaga who has been a Miner for two years now. After taking on the Lumberjacks, UTEP will face Utah State March 4 at 10 a.m.

Utah State

Match Day: Sunday, March 5

Match Time: 10 a.m.

Match Location: Flagstaff, Ariz.

The Utah State Aggies, a member of the Mountain West, are 7-3 overall and have yet to compete in conference. The Aggies are coming off a tough weekend after garnering a 5-2 win over Montana and losing 6-1 to Gonzaga. The 11-women squad includes No. 18 senior Nina Guensler who's ITA Mountain region rank is tied with NAU freshman Chiara Tomasetti. The Aggies are led by Sean McInerney and will face UTEP Saturday, March 4 at 10 a.m. before taking on the Lumberjacks.

Coming Up

Northern Arizona will compete in three matches next week on March 14, 17 and 18. The week will start with New Mexico Tuesday, March 14 at 3 p.m. During the weekend, the Lumberjacks will face conference opponent Northern Colorado March 17 at 11 a.m. and University of Wyoming March 18 at 9 a.m.

Fall Finish

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, senior 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.