TEMPE, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona women's tennis team started the season off down in the Valley facing a tough opponent in Arizona State and junior Johanna Vang and senior Tatum Rochin were able to pick up a doubles win in a 0-7 loss against the Sun Devils.
Vang and Tatum Rochin went up against Ebony Panoho and Joanna Smith and the leading returners for the Lumberjacks led the squad to their only win for the match.
"It was really nice playing with someone that was also on the team last year," said Tatum Rochin. "We were able to combine our experience and set the example for the rest of the girls, so it was a good win for us."
"I think that their experience showed in today's first match," said head coach Kim Bruno. "They were the most experienced team going into today and it definitely got them the win in today's match because they were able to grab and win those big points."
It was the first of many matches for newcomers on Bruno's squad as freshman Hailey Rochin played a tough match against Leighann Sahagun at the No. 3 position and lost a close first set 7-5 but was able to compete all throughout her first match wearing the blue and gold.
"For all of our newcomers there is room for improvement," said Bruno. "As a whole, we competed really well and I am proud of our players today who put themselves in position to win."
Both NAU sisters, Tatum and Hailey Rochin had the closest singles matches as they were both able to take at least one set to seven games.
NAU will jump right back on the court for another match against ASU at 2 p.m. in Tempe.
Results From 10 a.m.
- Stephanie Vlad (ASU) def. Emelia Box (NAU) 6-0, 6-2
- Desirae Krawczyk (ASU) def. Johanna Vang (NAU) 6-2, 6-0
- Leighann Sahagun (ASU) def. Hailey Rochin (NAU) 7-5, 6-3
- Ebony Panoho (ASU) def. Jordan Denesik (NAU) 6-3, 6-2
- Kassidy Jump (ASU) def. Tatum Rochin (NAU) 6-3, 7-6 (4)
- Gussie O'Sullivan (ASU) def. Sarah Maria Spruch (NAU) 6-1, 6-0
- Alex Osborne (ASU) def. Olivia Headford (NAU) 6-1, 6-2 Order of Finish: 1, 2, 6, 4, 5, 3
- Leighann Sahagun/ Stephanie Vlad (ASU) def. Emelia Box/Hailey Rochin (NAU) 6-2
- Johanna Vang/Tatum Rochin (NAU) def. Ebony Panoho/Joanna Smith (ASU) 6-3
- Desirae Krawczyk/ Kassidy Jump (ASU) def. Sarah Maria Spruch/Jordan Denesik (NAU) 6-1 Order of Finish: 3, 2, 1
Results From 2 p.m.
1. Leighann Sahagun/Joanna Smith (ASU) def. Hailey Rochin/Johanna Vang (NAU) 6-0, 6-3
1. Stephanie Vlad (ASU) def. Jordan Denesik (NAU) 6-1, 6-1
2. Desirae Krawczyk (ASU) def. Emelia Box (NAU) 6-0, 6-1
3. Kassidy Jump (ASU) def. Olivia Headford (NAU) 6-3, 6-1
4. Gussie O'Sullivan (ASU) def. Tatum Rochin (NAU) 6-2, 6-1
Order of Finish: 2, 1, 1(dbls), 3, 4