FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — The Northern Arizona Women's Tennis team is back in action this weekend against Northern Colorado and the University of Wyoming. The Lumberjacks will remain on the road after beating New Mexico 4-3 earlier in the week. The 'Jacks will face the UNC Bears March 17 at 11 a.m. and the Wyoming Cowgirls March 18 at 9 a.m.
"The women are ready to get out there and compete again," Director of Tennis Ki Kroll said. "Both opponents will be tough and we will need to continue to give our best effort on all courts."
Northern Arizona is currently 8-2 overall and 3-0 in the Big Sky going into this weekend. The Lumberjacks are looking to continue their eight-match winning streak and remain undefeated in conference. In doubles, the 'Jacks have garnered 20 wins with Blanka Szavay and Chiara Tomasetti leading with seven. Szavay and Tomasetti are also tied with eight wins, leading the Lumberjacks in singles as well.
"We have been competing really well against every opponent so far," said Kroll. "We need to keep working and building off of this momentum."
Following these two matches, Northern Arizona will return home next Tuesday, March 21 to host the Idaho State Bengals at 4 p.m. in the Aquatic and Tennis Complex. The match is free for all who attend.
- 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.
Match Day: Friday, March 17
Match Time: 11:00 a.m.
Match Location: Greeley, Colo.
After having their match cancelled against Colorado, the UNC Bears are looking ahead to face the 'Jacks. The Bears are 5-5 overall and 2-2 in conference going into this weekend, after a 5-2 win over North Dakota. The Northern Colorado squad includes three doubles teams who all hold winning records for the Bears. The seven-player roster consists of three who are tied with the most singles wins at four each. The last time the Bears faced the Lumberjacks, they lost 4-3 in Flagstaff. Northern Colorado is led by head coach Brenda Gallegos and assistant coach Tabatha Knop.
Match Day: Saturday, March 18
Match Time: 9 a.m.
Match Location: Laramie, Wyo.
The University of Wyoming Cowgirls, a member of the Mountain West, are 9-2 overall and have yet to start conference competition. The Cowgirls are coming off a close 4-3 loss to Iowa State and will compete against the Montana Grizzlies March 17 before taking on the Lumberjacks. The 8-women roster, led by head coach Dean Clower, is a young team that includes just two seniors. The Cowgirls will face the 'Jacks Saturday, March 18 at 9 a.m. The last time these two teams faced NAU won 4-3.
Northern Arizona will return home to host the Idaho State Bengals Tuesday, March 21 before taking on Arizona State and Eastern Washington March 24 and March 26. The Lumberjacks will face the Bengals at 4 p.m. in the Aquatic and Tennis Complex. The match 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, 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.