NAU Women's Tennis Travel to ASU and Host Eastern Washington

Hanneke Lodewijks
Hanneke Lodewijks

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — The Northern Arizona Women's Tennis team will travel south to face the nationally ranked Arizona State Sundevils Friday, March 24 before returning home to host the Eastern Washington Eagles Sunday, March 26. The Lumberjacks are coming off a close 4-3 win over Idaho State, in what was the women's first time playing outdoors in their new Aquatic and Tennis Complex. Northern Arizona increases to 10-3 overall and 5-0 in conference, all the while remaining undefeated at home.

"Every match we are committed to giving our best out there on the courts, this weekend is no different," said Director of Tennis Ki Kroll.

The Lumberjacks were originally scheduled to compete at ASU late January; however, the match was cancelled due to rain and rescheduled to this weekend. The No. 45 ASU squad includes seven ranked players across singles and doubles. In the Big Sky, Northern Arizona is now in first place tied with Montana State and Idaho and leading the conference with 10 wins. This match will prove to challenge the 'Jacks going into the last month of season.

Following the match against Arizona State, the 'Jacks will return to Flagstaff to face Eastern Washington. The Eagles have garnered conference wins over North Dakota and Portland State. This will be Eastern Washington's first match in two weeks.

Northern Arizona travels to face the Sundevils Friday, March 24 at 1:30 p.m. before returning home to host the 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

Arizona State

Match Day: Friday, March 24

Match Time: 1:30 p.m.

Match Location: Tempe, Ariz.

The No. 45 Sundevils are 8-5 overall and 2-2 in the Pac 12 conference. The ASU squad is coming off of a 6-1 win over UNLV after losing to two top-ranked teams in Cal and Stanford. The Sundevils roster includes seven ranked athletes in both singles and doubles across the region and the nation. With improving singles records, national rankings have increased pushing Sammi Hampton up to 48 from 72 and Kassidy Jump up to 65. The Sundevils also have newly ranked Kelley Anderson at 70 averaging 7.92. In addition, doubles pair Nicole Huergo and Alexandra Osborne are nationally ranked at 44 with a 10.98 average, while Sammi Hampton and Kassidy Jump are ranked 59 on the charts. Arizona State is led by head coach Sheila McInerney.

Eastern Washington

Match Day: Sunday, March 26

Match Time: 2:00 p.m.

Match Location: Flagstaff, Ariz.

The Eagles are coming off of two weeks of practice after last competing March 11 in a 4-3 win over Portland State. Eastern Washington is currently 4-9 overall and 2-2 in conference with wins over North Dakota and Portland State. The Eagles will face the Lumberjacks Sunday afternoon before taking on Southern Utah Thursday, March 30 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Washington is led by head coach Dustin Hinson.

Coming Up

With just six matches left before the Big Sky Conference Championships, the Lumberjacks are closing the end of season soon. Northern Arizona will travel to take on North Dakota Saturday, April 1 at noon and remain on the road to face South Dakota State Sunday, April 2 at 10 a.m.

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.