The Northern Arizona women's tennis team was represented well in the final Oracle/ITA Division I Rankings of the season Wednesday, with junior Chiara Tomasetti landing at No. 110 on the singles list and senior Hanneke Lodewijks and sophomore Ellie Millard placing No. 58 on the doubles list. They were the only Big Sky Conference women's tennis players in either rankings.
Tomasetti is the first Lumberjack in program history to finish the season in the national rankings. Her Big Sky MVP campaign this spring wrapped up with a 21-2 dual record -- all while playing at No. 1 for the team. Overall, she was 39-7 between the fall and spring seasons.
The third-year Lumberjack won four matches against nationally ranked opponents during her junior season, including two wins over Aiwen Zhu of UNLV -- who finished the season ranked No. 58.
After becoming the first ITA Mountain Regional singles champion in program history in the fall, Tomasetti -- the unanimous All-Big Sky First Team selection -- was nearly unbeatable in the spring. All but three of her 21 dual match singles wins were of the straight-set variety while leading Northern Arizona to its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1999.
The Lumberjacks doubles tandem of Lodewijks and Millard broke into the national rankings for the first time all season on the heels of 11 straight victories that closed out the spring. They are the third Northern Arizona doubles team to finish the season nationally ranked in the last four years.
On the men's side for the Lumberjacks in tennis, senior Tim Handel capped his decorated career with a spot at No. 73 in the final Oracle/ITA Division I Men's Rankings released. Handel was the lone player from the Big Sky Conference in the last national rankings of the season.
Handel became the first Big Sky player to qualify for the NCAA Singles Championship in over a decade with his appearance last week in Orlando. Despite falling to Tulane's Ewan Moore in three sets, the three-time Big Sky Most Valuable Player compiled a stellar 21-3 singles record this season.
The Germany native helped drive NAU's school-record 19-match winning streak en route to its first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance by winning 14 consecutive matches of his own between the months of March and April. Handel competed for the Jacks at the No. 1 position and was the only player in the conference to top 20 wins.
Handel made his debut in the national rankings on March 5 at No. 119 and was ranked in the last seven lists to end the season, reaching a peak of No. 71.
He concluded his four-year career in Flagstaff with a 63-25 mark in singles play and competed at the top spot in the Lumberjacks' lineup since his debut in 2016.
Lodewijks and Millard posted a team-best 14-4 doubles record playing all but one match at No. 2. They put an exclamation point on their 11-match winning streak with a commanding 6-1 win over UCLA's Elysia Bolton and Jada Hart in the NCAA Tournament. Bolton and Hart were ranked No. 11 at the time and wound up one spot lower in the final ranking.
With Lodewijks graduating, the pair finished with a 29-7 dual record over the last two seasons. Their 29 victories together are second most in program history.
Also of note, this is the third different partner that Lodewijks -- NAU's all-time doubles wins leader with 60 -- has been nationally ranked with in her career following Blanka Szavay (2015-16) and Tomasetti (2017-18).