Women's Tennis Endures Rain-Filled First Day At Regionals
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – At the end a long, rain-delay filled first day of the ITA Mountain Regional Championships, the Northern Arizona women's tennis team was able to come away with a split in both the singles and doubles draws as play came to a close late Wednesday night. The first two rounds of the singles main draw was supposed to be played on the first day, but rain at the Fertitta Tennis Complex outdoor courts deterred plans all day.
As the singles main draw first round got underway at 9 a.m., senior Malia Wahinepio took the court first for the Lumberjacks against New Mexico State's Ginet Pinero. However, NAU would fall to 0-1 on the day as Wahinepio dropped her match, 7-6, 6-2. Sophomore Johanna Vang and senior Alice Pacaut would then follow and each picked up straight-set victories to advance to the second round of the draw. Vang handed Megan Sheehan-Dizon a 6-2, 7-6 defeat while Pacaut took down Montana State's Weng Tsan, 6-2, 6-4.
Sophomore Hannah Stone was the last of the four Lumberjacks to step on the court and she got off to a great start, edging out Wyoming's Sasa Nemcova for a first set tiebreaker win. Nemcova would bounce back to take the second set before the rain interrupted the match tied at one set apiece. Following the delay, the two would play to another tiebreak with Nemcova prevailing for the three-set victory.
Despite the plan to get the second round of the singles draw completed by the end of the day, the tournament instead shifted to the first round of the doubles draw, which was originally slated for Thursday morning. The Lumberjacks would go 1-1 in doubles, which was completed after 10 p.m., with Stone and Vang, last year's No. 2 pair, picking up an easy 8-3 victory over its Weber State counterpart of Kristi Elmer and Thais Kurer. Pacaut and Wahinepio were unable to complete the NAU sweep in doubles as they fell 8-3 to Boise State's Morgan Basil and Sandy Vo.
The regional championships will pick up on Thursday with Vang and Pacaut looking to advance into the round of 32 in the singles bracket. Vang will square off against Lisa Roslanova of New Mexico State and Pacaut is slated to face Julyette Steur from Colorado. Stone and Wahinepio will compete in the consolation singles on Thursday as rain is once again in the forecast in Las Vegas.