LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Sophomore Hannah Stone notched the only win for the Northern Arizona women's tennis team on Sunday as the Lumberjacks wrapped up play at the ITA Mountain Regional Championships. As a team, the Lumberjacks went 6-9 in singles and 3-2 in doubles over the five-day tournament against the best players in the region.
"It was a lot of tennis and a long weekend," said director of tennis Kim Bruno. "Every time we go to a tournament, it's an opportunity for us to develop our games a little more and overall I thought the tournament went really well."
On Sunday, the four Lumberjacks in play each faced off against an opponent from Boise State. Stone grabbed the lone win with a 7-5, 6-2 victory over Megan LaLone, with the Broncos recording wins in the remaining three matches. Seniors Alice Pacaut and Malia Wahinepio dropped their matches in straight sets, but sophomore Johanna Vang battled in a three-set loss eventually falling in a third-set tiebreaker, 6-3, 3-6, 1-0 (10-6), to Bobbi Oshiro.
Stone's win over LaLone pushed her singles record for the tournament to 2-1 as she finished with one victory behind Vang for the team-high. Vang went 3-2 over the five days and advanced to the third round of the main draw, which was also the best on the team. Pacaut joined Vang in the second round of the main draw after earning a victory on the first day over Montana State's Weng Tsan and finished her first regional championships at 1-3. Rounding out the NAU lineup, Wahinepio went 0-3 in singles play.
Doubles was not played on Sunday, leaving Stone and Vang at a 2-1 record and Pacaut and Wahinepio at 1-1 for the tournament. Stone and Vang played their way into the main draw third round before giving way to UNLV's Aleksandra Josifoska and Iren Kotseva on Saturday. Pacaut and Wahinepio fell in the first round of the main draw, but bounced back with a victory over Utah State's Hillary Hays and Julie Tukuafu on Saturday to even their overall record.
"Johanna and Hannah making it to the round of 16 (in doubles) and Johanna going 3-2 and making it to the round of 32 of the (singles) main draw were the highlights," Bruno said. "We showed moments of mental toughness with all the tiebreakers we played. We put ourselves into positions to win and to play some tough matches on the last day and show up, as a team though I think we came away with a lot."
The Lumberjacks will have almost three weeks off from competition before they resume their fall season at the UNM Fall Invite in Albuquerque, N.M. from Nov. 2-4.