For the third consecutive year, the Northern Arizona women's tennis team clinched the regular season championship title after Sunday's 6-1 win against the Weber State Wildcats.
So far this season, Northern Arizona has recorded an impressive 10-0 conference record and are 16-3 overall. The Lumberjacks will enter the Big Sky Conference championship tournament with a first-round bye as the No. 1 seed.
"Weber State is a tough place to play," head coach Maciej Bogusz said. "I'm proud of how we handled different situations in the match today. They trusted their game even when things were not going right at moments."
The Lumberjacks started with doubles, winning at the No. 3 and No. 2 positions and leading on the final court before the point was clinched.
Starting with NAU pair Eirene Granville and Cora-Lynn von Dungern, the Jacks began another dominating performance to end a three-match week. The two defeated Weber State's Morgan Dickason and Emily Tanner 6-0 before Chiara Tomasetti and Madi Moore clinched the doubles point 6-2.
Northern Arizona went into singles 1-0 solidifying wins on the next three courts before the Wildcats could even get on the board.
After clinching the doubles point, Tomasetti carried momentum into singles and finished first, 6-2, 6-4 against WSU's Caitlin Herb. Junior Granville followed shortly, defeating Dickason 6-1, 6-0 to put the Jacks just one point shy of their eighth straight win.
In the win-clinching match, freshman Von Dungern took WSU's Sara Parker to three sets with a final 6-1, 2-6, 6-1 score.
"Congrats to Cora Lynn for clinching the regular season championship for us," Bogusz said.
This was just Von Dungern's third win of the season.
NAU's Moore and Lodewijks finished it off for the Jacks, winning at the No. 6 position 6-0, 6-3 and the No. 1 position 3-6, 6-1, 7-6.
"I think we surprised a lot of people with the results this season," Bogusz said. "Our returners are growing as leaders and we have amazing freshmen who have bought into the program since day one. This conference title is a result of their hard work, trusting the process and playing for each other."
Northern Arizona will host for the final time this season against North Dakota Friday. The match is set for 1 p.m. in the Aquatic and Tennis Complex and will be free for all who attend.
The Northern Arizona swimmers conducted their first of four free swim lessons this past Saturday at Mount Elden Middle School (MEMS), picking up on the series of lessons they started last spring.
About 20 Flagstaff youth attended with a dozen of NAU's student-athletes providing the instruction this past Saturday. NAU held four similar lessons last April.
"It was great to be back here at MEMS and we want to thank FUSD (Flagstaff Unified School District) for helping us out with the pool rental," said NAU volunteer swimming coach Liz Hobbs. "The kids had a great time. We had a bunch of NAU swimmers here helping them to swim and there were big smiles from both the swimmers and instructors. We're looking forward continuing this program throughout the year."
The next three lessons will be held every other Saturday at MEMS from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. on April 21, May 5 and May 19. All lessons are free and are open to not only kids, but all ages as young as 3 years old. The Lumberjack student-athletes will continue to provide instruction, as will local volunteers from throughout the Flagstaff community.
Interested participants must reserve a spot at least 24 hours before the day of their intended lesson to Liz Hobbs at email@example.com. All sessions will include instruction and supervised free swim time. Walk-in students will be allowed to participate on a given date if possible.