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Lumberjacks Persevere to Defeat Bobcats 5-2

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PHOENIX, Ariz. – In their first Big Sky Conference match of the season, the Northern Arizona women's tennis team was able to pick up its first win of the season against Montana State 5-2. The match was played at the Anthem Community Center after being moved twice due to weather conditions in Flagstaff and Sedona.

"I saw a team effort in this win today," said head coach Kim Bruno. "We had to comeback after losing the doubles point and to bounce back by winning five of the six singles matches says a lot about this team's character."

Today's match started off with Montana State picking up the doubles point. Despite coming down with a cold, sophomore Emelia Box played extremely tough with freshman Hailey Rochin and was able to pick up the lone win in doubles, 8-7 (7-4). Box was also able to pull out a tough win at No. 1 in singles over Montana State's Paulina Parapunova 6-2, 6-3 overcoming being sick.

"I tried really hard to pull out this win because I did not want to let my team down," said Box. "Even though I've been really sick, I was determined to put my best foot forward today and it was enough for the win."

Junior Johanna Vang and senior Tatum Rochin suffered their first loss of the season at the hands of Ellie Crum and Laura Middel by a score of 8-0.

The Lumberjacks started off great in singles play picking up four out of five 1st set wins including a tough 7-6 (10-8) win from senior Tatum Rochin.

Vang kick started the winning started in singles play finishing first with a 6-4, 7-6 (4) win over Laura Middel to get the Lumberjacks back on track. Tatum Rochin followed up with a win at the No. 5 spot over Wena Tsan 7-6 (8), 6-3.

In her first ever Big Sky match, sophomore Jordan Denesik sealed the win for the Lumberjacks at the No. 4 slot defeating a tough opponent in Ellie Crum 2-6, 7-5, 6-2 to give the Lumberjacks their first win on the year. The native of Anthem, Ariz. was able to fight off a match point in the second set and climb back to take the second set and the eventual clinching win.

"It felt really amazing to seal the win for my team," said Denesik. "To come back from a match point in the second set and win in my first ever conference match feels amazing."

The Lumberjacks will head back on the road tomorrow to Albuquerque to face New Mexico on Super Bowl Sunday beginning at 10 a.m.

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