ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The Northern Arizona women's tennis team was in Albuquerque last weekend for its second-to-last fall tournament this semester, competing in the UNM Fall Invitational held at the Linda Estes Tennis Center. Each of the four Lumberjacks at the tournament picked up at least one victory led by senior Alice Walker, who posted a 2-1 record in singles play.
Walker, competing in the White singles draw, began the tournament with a tight 7-5, 6-4 loss to Sarah Kahn of the host school New Mexico on Friday. From there though, Walker was dominant in her final two matches of the weekend, dropping a combined one game in winning on Saturday and Sunday. Walker handed UTEP's Anastasiya Sylenko a 6-1, 6-0 defeat and then followed that up by shutting out Western New Mexico's Dena Irvin, 6-0, 6-0.
The final three Lumberjacks – senior Nicole Perez, junior Tatum Rochin and freshman Jordan Denesik – each recorded a 1-2 mark over the weekend. Perez and Denesik were making their fall debuts, while Rochin was making her first appearance of the fall since the Aggie Invitational, the opening tournament of the semester. Denesik, competing in the Black singles draw, earned her first collegiate victory on Saturday, defeating Western New Mexico's Davida Aragon, 6-1, 6-0. Perez pulled out her first victory of the fall on the final day of the tournament, defeating New Mexico's Katie Wookey, 6-4, 6-3, in a Silver draw consolation match. Like Perez, Rochin also recorded her lone victory of the weekend on Sunday, cruising to a 6-1, 6-2 win over Ashley Newell of Western New Mexico.
NAU was unable to secure a victory on doubles play though, combining for a 0-5 mark between its two doubles teams. Perez and Rochin competed in the Cherry doubles draw and dropped all three of its matches, including a hard-fought 9-8 decision to New Mexico's Nikolina Grbac and Michaela Oldani on Saturday. Denesik and Walker were in the Silver draw and also dropped a tiebreaker, 9-7, on Saturday to a mixed doubles team consisting of Texas Tech's Kendall Warren and the Lobos' Wookey.
The Lumberjacks will conclude its fall season this weekend in Northridge, Calif. for the Northridge Fall Tournament from Friday through Sunday.