SPOKANE, Wash. – The Northern Arizona women's tennis team dropped its second match of the weekend, 4-3, to Gonzaga on Saturday at the Spokane Racquet Club despite holding a 2-1 advantage in the match. The Bulldogs rallied for three singles wins at that point to reach the four-point threshold needed to secure the victory, sending the Lumberjacks to their third consecutive defeat while falling to 7-12 this season.
The Lumberjacks started the day by taking the doubles point and the 1-0 lead in the match by winning two of the three doubles matches. Gonzaga claimed a victory at No. 1, but freshmen Hannah Stone and Johanna Vang notched their tenth doubles win of the season at No. 2 to knot up doubles play at one apiece. The doubles point would come down to the No. 3 match where juniors Alice Pacaut and Nicole Perez squeaked out a crucial 8-6 victory over Madeline Parker and Prue Teitzel to give NAU the edge heading into singles play.
Gonzaga's Kristina Zauere tied the match at 1-1 when she defeated junior Malia Wahinepio, 6-3, 6-4, at the third singles position, only for Stone to snatch back the lead in the Lumberjacks' favor courtesy of a 6-4, 6-3 win at No. 2 against Katie Edwards.
Leading 2-1, the Lumberjacks then dropped the next three singles matches, including a tight two-set tiebreaking loss at No. 4. After Teitzel defeated junior Ghizelene Doballah at No. 1 to even up the team score yet again, Kylie Peek knocked off Vang at No. 4 in two tiebreaking sets, 7-6 (7-3), 7-5 (7-5) to bring Gonzaga within one singles win from the team win. They would then clinch it at No. 5 where Sophie Lantta defeated Perez.
The Lumberjacks would not leave without another victory though as Pacaut ended the day with her team-leading ninth singles victory of the season, winning in three sets, 6-0, 2-6, 11-9, over Alexandra Tallas to provide the final margin.
Despite the two losses thus far this weekend, the Lumberjacks still hold a solid 5-1 record in Big Sky play, sitting second in the conference standings, heading into Sunday's match against Eastern Washington in Cheney, Wash. A win would put NAU in solid position to clinch a spot in the Big Sky tournament in two weeks. The match is scheduled for a 9 a.m. start.
1. Katie Edwards/Kristina Zauere (GU) def. Ghizelene Doballah/Malia Wahinepio (NAU), 8-3
2. Hannah Stone/Johanna Vang (NAU) def. Sophie Lantta/Kylie Peek (GU), 8-4
3. Alice Pacaut/Nicole Perez (NAU) def. Madeline Parker/Prue Teitzel (GU), 8-6*
*Clinched Doubles Point
Order of Finish: (1, 2, 3)
1. Teitzel (GU) def. Doballah (NAU), 6-3, 6-3
2. Stone (NAU) def. Edwards (GU), 6-4, 6-3
3. Zauere (GU) def. Wahinepio (NAU), 6-3, 6-4
4. Peek (GU) def. Vang (NAU), 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-5)
5. Lantta (GU) def. Perez (NAU), 6-3, 6-4**
6. Pacaut (NAU) def. Alexandra Tallas (GU), 6-0, 2-6, 11-9
Order of Finish: (3, 2, 1, 4, 5, 6)