NAU Women's Tennis To Host Idaho State Bengals

Brandy Walker (Photo by David Patten)
Brandy Walker (Photo by David Patten)

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — The Northern Arizona Women's Tennis team returns home to host the Idaho State Bengals Tuesday, March 20. The Lumberjacks are coming off their third loss of the season, after Wyoming put an end to the 'Jacks impressive nine-match winning streak in a comeback 4-3 win for the Cowgirls. Northern Arizona is 9-3 overall and will put their 4-0 conference record and undefeated at home streak to the test against the ISU Bengals.

"The women have been playing extremely well and have been improving as the season progresses," Director of Tennis Ki Kroll said. "We will need to continue to improve and remain strong against the Bengals this week."

The Lumberjacks are going into this weekend looking to remain one of the three undefeated teams in the Big Sky alongside Montana State and Idaho. The Lumberjacks are currently sitting at the top of the conference above 2016 co-regular season champions and rival Sacramento State. So far this season, the Lumberjacks have garnered 24 of doubles wins and 45 of singles wins. Senior Blanka Szavay and regionally ranked freshmen Chiara Tomasetti continue to lead the 'Jacks in the win column.

Northern Arizona will travel to Arizona State Friday, March 24 to take on the Sundevils at 1:30 p.m. before returning home to face the Eastern Washington Eagles Sunday, March 26 at 2 p.m. The match will be held at the Aquatic and Tennis Complex and is free for all who attend.

Highlight Reel

  • The Lumberjacks finished 2016 as regular season champions with an 18-8 overall record and 10-1 in Big Sky Conference play.
  • Since Jan. 4, freshman Chiara Tomasetti sits at No. 18 in the Mountain Region singles rankings.
  • On Feb. 22 Blanka Szavay was the first Lumberjack named Big Sky Player of the Week in the 2017 season.

Weekend Scout

Idaho State

Match Day: Tuesday, March 21

Match Time: 4:00 p.m.

Match Location: Flagstaff, Ariz.

The Bengals are currently 4-7 overall, 3-2 in conference and, like the Lumberjacks, undefeated at home. Idaho State is coming off a close 4-3 loss to Sacramento State going into this match. The Bengals will face the Lumberjacks March 21 at 4 p.m. before traveling to Phoenix to compete against Arizona Christian and Grand Canyon within a three-day span. ISU has conference losses to Sac ramento State and Mo ntana State. The last time the Beng als faced the 'Jacks they lost 4-3. Idaho State is led by Gretchen Maloney. 

Coming Up

Northern Arizona will head south to face the Arizona State Sundevils before returning home to take on the Eastern Washington Eagles. The Lumberjacks were first scheduled to compete at ASU for their season opener late January, but the match was postponed due to rain. The 'Jacks are now scheduled to face ASU Friday, March 24 at 1:30 p.m. On Sunday, March 26, Northern Arizona will then compete against conference opponent Eastern Washington at 2 p.m. at the Aquatic and Tennis Complex. The match is free for all who attend.

Fall Finish

Northern Arizona competed in five fall tournaments at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, University of Arizona, ITA Mountain Regionals in Albuquerque, N.M., Arizona State University and Grand Canyon University. All seven Lumberjacks played this fall, with standout seniors Marta Lewandowska and Hailey Rochin and freshman Chiara Tomasetti who had incredible preseasons. To start the fall, senior Blanka Szavay paired with sophomore Hanneke Lodewijks for a doubles win in their first match at the UNLV Invitational. Lewandowska came up with two singles wins and finished 2-1 in doubles with freshman Brandy Walker. Walker picked up a third-place finish in singles for the first time as a Lumberjack in that tournament. At Arizona, the Lumberjacks posted a 9-7 singles record and a notable 7-1 doubles record, including two singles wins for Lewandowska, Tomasetti and sophomore Granville. The Lumberjacks finished strong with Tomasetti qualifying for the Round 16 in singles at the ITA Mountain Regionals.