ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The Northern Arizona University women's tennis team competed at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Mountain Regional Championships last week, Oct. 12-14, matching up against some of the strongest talent in the area. Players Eirene Granville, Hailey Rochin, Marta Lewandowska, Hanneke Lodewijks, Blanka Szavay, Chiara Tomasetti and Brandy Walker all competed for the Lumberjacks with Tomasetti leading the way in the win column.
Tomasetti finished the week with a 3-1 singles record, qualifying for the Round 16 after upsetting the No. 9 seed Magdalena Stencel to get there. The freshman won her first match versus Weber State's Caitlin Herb in straight sets 7-5, 6-3 before winning both her matches on day two versus University of New Mexico and University of Wyoming. Tomasetti ousted UNM's Dominique Dulski, also in straight sets, by a final score of 6-3, 6-3. Against Stencel, her victory did not come easy but Tomasetti finished on top in three sets 4-6, 6-1, 6-3.
It wasn't until day three that Tomasetti dropped a match versus UNLV's Carol Yang, the No. 1 overall seed. She did not go down without a fight, however, taking Yang to three sets. Lodewijks, the No. 30 overall seed, also had a strong weekend as she picked up two singles wins over Northern Colorado's Beth Coton and Boise State's Milena Toseva before dropping her final match of the tournament in the Round of 32.
In doubles play, Rochin/Tomasetti and Szavay/Lodewijks each picked up a win on the first day of action. Rochin and Tomasetti took down University of Idaho in a tightly contested 8-6 finish while Szavay and Lodewijks bested Nevada by a final score of 8-5.