Women's Tennis Defeats PSU, Clinches Second Seed in Big Sky Tourney
VANCOUVER, Wash. – The Northern Arizona women's tennis team completed the sweep of Portland State, defeating the Vikings, 6-1, following the men's victory over the host school earlier Saturday. The Lumberjacks clinched the second seed in next weekend's Big Sky Championship, finishing the conference season with a 7-1 record and is now 9-12 this spring heading into their regular season finale on Sunday.
"The girls definitely deserve that No. 2 seed with only one loss in conference," said director of tennis Kim Bruno. "They're pumped up right now heading into the tournament. When it comes to push and shove, we come out on top. We've grown a lot as a team and we competed really well winning those close matches."
The Vikings took the first completed doubles match when Marti Pellicano and Ashley Spencer defeated juniors Ghizelene Doballah and Malia Wahinepio, 8-6, at No. 1. Needing only one more doubles win to clinch the point, the Vikings were denied of the early advantage as the Lumberjacks took the final two matches.
Freshmen Hannah Stone and Johanna Vang continued their doubles success, winning their team-high 11th match together and evening up doubles play courtesy of their win at No. 2. Juniors Alice Pacaut and Alice Walker then clinched the doubles point for NAU with a win at No. 3, defeating Alexa McDonald and Nayanatara Vadali, 8-6.
The Lumberjacks quickly wrapped up the team score with three straight-set victories to begin singles play. Doballah, Stone and Vang each won at No. 1, 2 and 4 respectively to seal up the win.
The final three singles matches were closely contested as all three went to three-sets. Wahinepio and Walker came out on top with victories, but the Vikings nabbed a win at No. 5 off Marina Todd's defeat of Pacaut.
Doballah, Wahinepio and Vang all improved to 7-1 in conference singles action, while Stone moved her conference mark to 6-2. With their wins, Stone and Vang also tied Pacaut for the team-lead with 10 overall singles victories.
The Lumberjacks will have one final tune-up for the Big Sky Championship tournament when they visit Issaquah, Wash. for a non-conference tilt against Seattle on Sunday. Play will begin at 9:15 a.m. at the Sammamish Club.
1. Marti Pellicano/Ashley Spencer (PSU) def. Ghizelene Doballah/Malia Wahinepio (NAU), 8-6
2. Hannah Stone/Johanna Vang (NAU) def. Megan Govi/Marina Todd (PSU), 8-6
3. Alice Pacaut/Alice Walker (NAU) def. Alexa McDonald/Nayanatara Vadali (PSU), 8-5*
*Clinched Doubles Point
Order of Finish: (1, 2, 3)
1. Doballah (NAU) def. McDonald (PSU), 6-2, 6-0
2. Stone (NAU) def. Spencer (PSU), 6-1, 6-2
3. Wahinepio (NAU) def. Pellicano (PSU), 7-5, 4-6, 1-0 (10-5)
4. Vang (NAU) def. Govi (PSU), 7-5, 6-2**
5. Todd (PSU) def. Pacaut (NAU), 4-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-3)
6. Walker (NAU) def. Vadali (PSU), 6-2, 3-6, 1-0 (10-6)
Order of Finish: (1, 2, 4, 3, 5, 6)