The Northern Arizona men's tennis team blanked Western New Mexico on on Sunday's home doubleheader, winning its 16th straight match. The Lumberjacks took the first meeting, 6-1, and the second, 4-0, in the Aquatic and Tennis Complex.
Northern Arizona had Senior Day on Sunday.
"Congratulations to the team and especially to our seniors on their last home victories," Lumberjacks head coach Maciej Bogusz said. "They have done so much for this program, and I feel privileged that I get to work with them.
With the two home wins, the Lumberjacks remained undefeated at home, with a record of 19-6 overall while being 10-0 in the Big Sky Conference. With the two nonconference losses, Western New Mexico dropped to 5-12 on the season.
The Lumberjacks were able to come out strong as the team won all three of its doubles matches to open the busy day. The first tandem to win was the No. 2 pair of Ron Idzon and Daniel Dillon. The freshmen won their match, 6-1. The No. 1 pair of Chris Steele and Tom Fisher added a 6-3 victory to clinch the point. Lucas Taylor and Justin Bac took the final doubles match 6-4. This win marked the first of Bac's career.
Northern Arizona's dominance continued into singles as the team won five of the six matches. Taylor's match finished first at the No. 1 position as WNMU's No. 1 singles player disqualified due to an injury mid-match. With a 2-0 lead, David Nguyen was able to win the No. 5 singles by a score of 6-2, 6-0 to push the lead to 3-0. Northern Arizona's Steele was able to seal the win for the team as he beat Western New Mexico's No. 2 singles player 6-2, 6-0.
In the final three matches for the Lumberjacks, the team was able to win the No. 4 and No. 3, while losing the No. 6. Northern Arizona's Dillon was able to win the No. 4 singles by a score of 6-4. 6-0, while Fisher finished off the match with a 6-3, 7-6 victory at the No. 3 position.
Due to an injury in the first match of the day, Western New Mexico entered the second match with only five players, forcing the team to automatically lose the No. 3 doubles and No 6 singles. Northern Arizona was able to capitalize on the early 1-0 lead by expanding it to 2-0 after winning the doubles point. With only needing to win one of the doubles matches to seal the point, Northern Arizona's No. 1 pair of Steele and Fisher were able to clinch the point for the team as they took down Western New Mexico's Oscar Serra and Joel Ockemahl 6-2.
With a 2-0 lead, the Lumberjacks were able to win the first two singles to seal their 16th straight victory. Idzon was able to win the No. 3 singles over Nico Barr 6-2, 6-2, while Nguyen was able to win the No 4 singles 7-5, 6-0.
An early Sunday morning start inside the Peak Racquet Club did not deter the Northern Arizona women's tennis team's winning ways as the Lumberjacks picked up their seventh straight victory, 6-1, against Montana. Now at 7-1 in conference play, the Lumberjacks (11-8 overall) are tied for the first in the Big Sky.
"The ladies performed on the road in tough conditions against a tough Montana team," said graduate assistant coach Jordan Gobatie. "It's never easy performing in hostile environments and this win continues to prove the resilience that this team has. This trip was the test we needed for our upcoming matches and we're looking forward to the challenge."
Barring Eastern Washington's result versus Sacramento State, there could be a three-way tie for first-place entering the final weekend of the regular season. Northern Arizona and Idaho share 7-1 Big Sky marks with Eastern Washington holding a 6-1 mark at press time. The Lumberjacks will host both the Vandals and Eagles this weekend.
Northern Arizona's No. 1 and 3 tandems collected victories to ensure the doubles point by identical 6-3 scores.
Hanneke Lodewijks easily dispatched Lauren Dunlap, 6-0, 6-3, at No. 2 singles to increase Northern Arizona's advantage to 2-0. The victory was Lodewijks' fifth straight in singles play. Ellie Millard followed with a 6-4, 6-1 win at No. 3 and Adrianna Sosnowska sealed the team win with Northern Arizona's fourth point in a 6-0, 6-4 victory on the fourth court.
Chiara Tomasetti faced deficits in both sets at No. 1, but ultimately prevailed in a 6-3, 7-5 straight-set victory in a matchup between two undefeated players in Big Sky play. Tomasetti improved to 18-0 this spring, including an 8-0 conference mark.
Emilie Haakansson also moved to 8-0 in conference singles action with her seventh consecutive victory overall at No. 5. After winning her first set with ease, 6-2, against Lidia Dukic, Haakansson fought back from a late deficit to win the second set in a tiebreak, 7-6 (5).
The Lumberjacks will play their final two matches in Flagstaff before the conference tournament next weekend. With two victories against Idaho and Eastern Washington, Northern Arizona could capture its fourth straight Big Sky regular-season title. The Lumberjacks are also looking to lock up a top-two seed and a bye into the semifinals.
Northern Arizona will host Idaho on Saturday followed up with Senior Day for Lodewijks and Eirene Granville on Sunday versus Eastern Washington. Both matches will start at 10 a.m. at the Aquatic and Tennis Complex.