FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Despite winning three of the first four singles matches after dropping the doubles point, the Northern Arizona women's tennis team could not seal the deal, falling to Colorado State, 4-3 on Sunday at Miramont Lifestyle Fitness. The Lumberjacks received singles wins at No. 1, 2 and 6 to pull ahead 3-2 in the match, but the Rams claimed the final two singles in three sets to hand NAU its fourth loss of the season.
"We had every opportunity to win," said director of tennis Kim Bruno. "We put ourselves in a position to win and we couldn't do it. Off our win against Northern Colorado, I would've liked to see us clinch that doubles point; we didn't win the doubles point all weekend. We're just going to have to learn how to finish off matches."
Freshmen Hannah Stone and Johanna Vang ran through the Rams' pair at No. 2 doubles, 8-1, but the Rams quickly responded with a win at No. 1 to even doubles play. Juniors Ghizelene Doballah and Alice Pacaut battled to give the Lumberjacks the doubles point, but fell in a tiebreaker, 9-8 (7-5) at No. 3, putting NAU in a hole entering the singles portion of the match.
The Rams took a 2-0 advantage in the match off Natalie Heffron's win at No. 3, but the Lumberjacks jumped ahead by winning the next three matches. First, Doballah dispatched Tori Arneson at No. 1 and then Stone won her second singles match of the weekend in a three-set victory at No. 2. Pacaut then put the Lumberjacks within one win of the match after defeating CSU's Adriana Wojakowska, 6-4, 6-0 at No. 6.
However, despite strong efforts from junior Nicole Perez and Vang at No. 4 and 5 respectively, the Lumberjacks came up just short in their bid to sweep through the weekend, as the NAU pair both fell in three-sets.
The Lumberjacks are just 2-4 this season, but they are 1-0 in the conference after their defeat of Northern Colorado on Saturday.
They will return to the road next weekend with three matches in three days in three different states beginning with a match against in-state rival No. 19 Arizona State in Tempe on Friday. NAU will follow that up with a pair of Big Sky matches against Idaho State and Weber State to round out the weekend.
1. Tori Arneson/Kaley Schultz (CSU) def. Nicole Perez/Malia Wahinepio (NAU), 8-6
2. Hannah Stone/Johanna Vang (NAU) def. Natalie Heffron/Lauren Mulhern (CSU), 8-1
3. Adriana Wojakowska/Veronika Wojakowska (CSU) def. Ghizelene Doballah/Alice Pacaut (NAU), 9-8 (7-5)*
*Clinched Doubles Point
Order of Finish: (2, 1, 3)
1. Doballah (NAU) def. Arneson (CSU), 6-2, 6-4
2. Stone (NAU) def. Mulhern (CSU), 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
3. Heffron (CSU) def. Wahinepio (NAU), 6-2, 6-3
4. Schultz (CSU) def. Perez (NAU), 6-7 (9-11), 6-0, 7-5
5. Emese Kardhordo (CSU) def. Vang (NAU), 6-4, 5-7, 6-2**
6. Pacaut (NAU) def. A. Wojakowska (CSU), 6-4, 6-0
Order of Finish: (3, 1, 2, 6, 4, 5)