LAS VEGAS, Nev. – The Northern Arizona women's tennis contingent was out in full force on day four of the ITA Mountain Regional Championships and came away with a split in both singles and doubles play on Saturday.
Sophomores Hannah Stone and Johanna Vang were the only Lumberjacks still competing in the main draw as they took on UNLV's Aleksandra Josifoska and Iren Kotseva for a spot in the doubles quarterfinal round. However the NAU sophomore pair's run for the doubles title was derailed by the host school's duo, 8-4, in the third round. The Lumberjacks would notch a doubles win courtesy of seniors Alice Pacaut and Malia Wahinepio, who were competing in doubles for the first time since the opening day of the tournament. Pacaut and Wahinepio cruised to an 8-2 victory over Hillary Hays and Julie Tukuafu of Utah State in a back draw match.
Due to the inclement weather over the course of the first three days of the tournament and the resulting shifting of the schedule, Wahinepio and Stone competed in singles play for just the second time on Saturday after dropping each of their respective first round matches on Wednesday. While Wahinepio fell to Idaho's Victoria Lozano, 6-2, 6-0, Stone found redemption on Saturday, defeating Utah State's Kallie Sperry by a 6-1, 6-3 score.
Similarly, Vang and Pacaut earned an NAU split in their two matches. UNLV's Anett Ferenczi-Bako sent Pacaut to a 6-2, 6-0 loss, but Vang came away with a 7-6, 6-2, win over Colorado State's Kendall Heitzner.
The ITA Mountain Regional Championships conclude on Sunday. Vang's victory opn Saturday pushed her team-leading total to three in the tournament, while Pacaut and Stone each have one singles win heading into the final day of competition. In doubles, Stone and Vang will carry a 2-1 record into Sunday with Pacaut and Wahinepio sitting at 1-1.