It was another day at the office for the NAU women’s tennis team, as they won their fourth consecutive match against the University of the Pacific Tigers 5-2.
A composed Lumberjack squad cleaned up against a seemingly disjointed and frustrated Tigers team. Whether it was the altitude or the unforgiving defensive performance in the doubles match, the Tigers couldn’t get a point Sunday morning.
The doubles point came quickly for the Lumberjacks. Junior Ellie Millard made a mismatch out of Tigers sophomore Maya Lopez, attacking her on nearly every return to get a shutout 6-0 win. This is the first win in a while for senior Chiara Tomasetti and Millard’s doubles pair after going 4-6 in their last four doubles matches.
“We actually put all of our returns in place today and really came on the court with a different confidence than we have the past four matches,” Tomasetti said.
To the left of Millard and Tomasetti came NAU’s second victory, with an impressive defensive show from freshman Elinor Beazley and sophomore Emily Haakanson winning 6-2 and giving NAU the doubles point for the day.
Sophomore Adrianna Sosnowska and junior Madi Moore had their tools packed for their job, going neck and neck in a heated match against a motivated Tigers pair. Sosnowska and Moore came away with 6-4 win, sweeping the doubles portion of the meet.
NAU had a rather intense singles period against the Tigers. Tomasetti won 7-5 in her first set against Tigers freshman Klara Kosan, the most points scored against her in a set all season.
“We couldn’t break each other,” Tomasetti said. “Until it was [5-5], I couldn’t break her and then after, I just served it out.”
Three out of six of Sunday’s singles matches went to tie-breaking sets, with Millard losing her first set 2-6 before bouncing back going 6-2, 6-0 to gain another point for the Lumberjacks.
“It’s always hard dropping the first set,” Millard said. “I have my routines to pick myself up. Once I get my confidence I'm good, and I know sometimes that takes time.”
Haakanson had a grueling tie-breaker set for the final singles point on the day. Going up against Lopez, Haakanson’s limits were pushed to unprecedented boundaries. She finishing a tie-breaker set 10-8, holding out to finish the day 5-2 for NAU.
The Lumberjacks marked their fourth consecutive win, putting them at 4-4 on the season and 2-0 in conference play. The Lumberjacks will have another week at home, as they take on Montana State University Friday. Montana State is 2-10 on the season and will take on its first conference competitor against the Lumberjacks.