The doubles point went in New Mexico's favor and the Lobos on Friday used it to edge the visiting Northern Arizona women's tennis team, handing the Lumberjacks (4-6) a second consecutive loss.
"We had a very poor performance in doubles and it hurt us today," said head coach Ewa Bogusz. "We didn't trust it nor did we make enough adjustments. We came back tough in singles again, but it wasn't enough. At the end of the day, it's these types of experiences that will make us stronger for the rest of the season."
The Lobos won at No. 1 and 3 doubles by 6-2 scores. At the conclusion of doubles play, Jacks senior Hanneke Lodewijks and sophomore Ellie Millard were ahead at No. 2, 5-4, against Hsiang-Wen Huang and Yue Lin Chen.
Each team posted three victories in singles play, with Chiara Tomasetti, Adrianna Sosnowska and Emilie Haakansson accounting for the Lumberjacks' wins.
Haakansson quickly knotted the match at 1-1 with a 6-2, 6-0 victory at No. 4 singles only for the Lobos to move back ahead with a 6-2, 6-3 win at No. 5.
Tomasetti extended her win streak to nine matches as she prevailed with a 7-6 (6) first-set win and then put away her opponent, 6-0, in the second set to improve to 9-0 in singles play at the No. 1 position.
Tomasetti's win pulled NAU even at 2-2, but New Mexico sealed the win with victories at No. 2 and 6. Junior Sydney Roman -- playing in her first career match – held off a set point to force a second-set tiebreaker before Yue Lin Chen pulled out a 6-1, 7-6 (6) victory on court six. The Lobos clinched the match one result later with Bronte Murgett defeating Millard, 7-6 (0), 6-4.
Although the match was clinched, Sosnowska closed the afternoon with a three-set victory over Huang at No. 3 singles. Sosnowska battled back from a first-set loss to earn a 3-6, 6-0, 6-3 win.
NAU will have a week off before taking on Fresno State Friday to start a two-match road trip. First serve between the Lumberjacks and Bulldogs will be at 5 p.m.
TRACK AND FIELD
Northern Arizona's Geordie Beamish made the cut in the men's mile race on Friday at the NCAA Indoor Championships in Birmingham, Alabama.
Beamish, who clocked a 4:03.94 for third place in the prelims, will run Saturday for the mile title.
In the 5,000-meter championship run for the Lumberjacks, Tyler Day was 13th in 13:55.40 and teammate Luis Grijalva 14th in 14:10.44.
Seniors Kaleigh Paplow and Tate Tsingine will put on the home whites in front of the Lumberjack fans in the Walkup Skydome on Saturday for the final time as Northern Arizona concludes the regular season with Senior Day versus Northern Colorado at 2 p.m.
Paplow is wrapping up a four-year career that will go down statistically as one of the greatest in program history. Currently ranked sixth all-time in points (1,159), third in rebounds (744), 10th in assists (270), 10th in steals (158) and fifth in minutes played (3,374), Paplow is the only player to reside in the top 10 in all five categories. She also ranks seventh in both career field goals made (429) and free throws made (259).
Tsingine has appeared in 40 games over her two seasons at Northern Arizona after transferring in from Central Arizona College. Tsingine made six starts and shot 35.7 percent from behind the arc last season. For her career, she is a 33 percent 3-point shooter and has shot 83.3 percent at the free-throw line while averaging 3.1 points per game.
The Jacks head into their regular-season finale before traveling to Boise for the Big Sky Championship with an 11-17 overall record and 7-12 conference mark. NAU swept Montana State, 76-72, and Montana, 82-65, last week at home.
The winner of their last three home games, the Lumberjacks are locked into the eighth seed in Monday's first round of the conference tournament, where it will face Sacramento State.
"It's been a great last couple of weeks for us," said head coach Loree Payne. "We knew we were going to be a good position being at home for five of our last seven games and we've really started to find our rhythm offensively. We're excited about how we're playing right now and we're taking it one day at a time, one game at a time to see if we can get some momentum going into the tournament."
The Lumberjacks will welcome the defending Big Sky Champions into the Walkup Skydome on Saturday. Northern Colorado carries a five-game winning streak and has secured no worse than the second seed in the Big Sky tourney. The Bears defeated Southern Utah at home on Thursday, 88-71, to improve to 20-8 overall and 15-4 in conference play. Northern Colorado knocked off Northern Arizona, 63-53, in the teams' first meeting of the season on Jan. 26.
While Paplow leads the Lumberjacks, and ranks ninth in the conference, in scoring for the season at 13.7 per game, redshirt sophomore Jacey Bailey carried the Jacks last week averaging 27.5 points on 60 percent overall shooting and 63.2 percent 3-point shooting versus Montana State and Montana. Bailey scored a season-best 31 points in Monday's victory over Montana to up her season scoring average to 11.3 points per game. Over her last eight games, Bailey is averaging 17.5 points per game with four 20-point performances. She is shooting 51.5 percent in that span, including a 45.6 percent clip from long distance.
NAU has gone 5-3 in the last eight games and sophomore Khiarica Rasheed has also been effective, averaging 15.9 points per game during that stretch. Rasheed is averaging 12.4 points per game overall.
In conference play, Northern Arizona is the fourth-highest scoring team at 69.5 points per game. The Lumberjacks are also shooting 41.5 percent from the field having eclipsed the 40 percent mark in 10 of their last 11 games. For the season, NAU is averaging 67.5 points per game. The Lumberjacks are allowing 72.6 on average.
The first 100 students will receive a white NAU bucket hat on Saturday.
Saturday's NAU-TV broadcast will be available on Pluto TV Channel 239 online and on the free mobile app in addition to watchbigsky.com.