The Northern Arizona women's tennis team punched its ticket to the conference tournament and kept pace with the Big Sky's top two teams with a 7-0 win over Montana State Saturday morning at the Bobcat-Anderson Tennis Center. The Lumberjacks posted their sixth consecutive victory, improving to 10-8 overall and 6-1 in the conference standings.
"The ladies really showed up today," Lumberjacks head coach Ewa Bogusz said. "We started on the right note by clinching the doubles point, and we were able to carry the momentum into singles even though Montana State showed a lot of grit and energy. We've had some tough matchups, but everyone showed mental toughness and was able to pull out the win."
Northern Arizona pulled into a tie with Eastern Washington for second place in the conference, as both 6-1 teams trail Idaho by a half-game.
The Lumberjacks will host both Idaho and Eastern Washington next weekend in Flagstaff.
Madi Moore and Emilie Haakansson cruised to a 6-1 win at No. 3 doubles The Jacks clinched the point with a 7-5 outcome in their favor at No. 2 courtesy of Hanneke Lodewijks and Ellie Millard. Lodewijks and Millard's win was the pair's sixth consecutive.
Adrianna Sosnowska posted the first singles win of the day, 6-4, 6-4, at No. 4, and Millard's 7-1, 7-6(2) victory against Linnea Fristam at No. 3 gave the Lumberjacks a 3-0 match lead.
The Lumberjacks' top two players in the lineup were pushed by their Bobcat opponents, but Chiara Tomasetti and Lodewijks responded to first-set losses to record three-set victories. Lodewijks provided the match-clincher with a 3-6, 6-3, 6-1 win at No. 2, and Tomasetti followed that up with a 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 victory at No. 1 to push her season record to 17-0.
Haakansson defeated Vink, 6-4, 6-1, at No. 5, and Moore was victorious by a 6-1, 6-1 margin.
The Lumberjacks are headed to the Big Sky tournament for the 29th consecutive year and are squarely in the running for one of the top two seeds -- and the corresponding first-round bye -- with three regular-season matches remaining.
Northern Arizona will play its final road match Sunday morning versus Montana at 8 a.m.