The Northern Arizona men’s tennis team took a 6-1 win in Greeley, Colorado, against Northern Colorado on Saturday.
The win by the Lumberjacks moves them to 7-6 overall and 4-0 in the Big Sky Conference, and it marks the fourth straight victory for Northern Arizona since it started the season 3-6.
The Lumberjacks won the doubles point, claiming the No. 1 and No. 2 courts, with No. 3 left unfinished. The Northern Arizona No. 1 pair of Tim Handel and Ruben Montano notched a 6-4 victory, and No. 2 duo of Chris Steele and Facundo Tumosa game away winners, 7-5.
The first singles point of the match for Northern Arizona was the No. 4 singles player Tumosa. The visitors also won at courts one and two in singles.
At No. 2 for the Jacks, Lucas Taylor went 7-5, 6-3 for the straight-set decision. Handel sealed the team’s fourth straight win, taking the No. 1 singles match 6-4, 6-2.
Northern Arizona’s No. 5 and No. 6 singles players picked up wins as Tom Fisher won in straight sets and Montano outlasted his opponent, 1-6, 6-2, 10-8.
Northern Arizona will be back in action Sunday at 10 a.m. as the team takes on the University of Denver.
The Lumberjacks' comeback attempt after getting swept in doubles play fell short Friday in a 4-3 loss to Fresno State at the Spalding G. Wathen Tennis Center. Northern Arizona's record fell to 4-7.
Hanneke Lodewijks and Ellie Millard competed at the No. 1 position for the first time this season in doubles, but fell 6-2 in the first completed match. The Bulldogs claimed the doubles point with a 6-3 win at No. 3 before wrapping up with a 6-2 victory at No. 2.
Millard tied up the scoreboard at 1-1 by defeating Ella Husrefovic, 6-1, 6-3, and notching her third singles dual win of the season. Fresno State promptly moved back ahead with a win at No. 4 singles.
The Jacks pulled even again with the result on the third court, where freshman Adrianna Sosnowska collected a convincing straight-set win over Deniza Marcinkevica. Sosnowska knocked off her Bulldogs counterpart, 6-3, 6-4, and tied the score at 2-2 before junior Chiara Tomasetti put the Lumberjacks ahead with her win at No. 1 in three sets.
The No. 108-ranked player in the country improved to 10-0 in dual matches with a 6-0, 1-6, 6-2 victory.
That left NAU needing to win one of the two matches of the evening at the bottom two positions where sophomore Madi Moore and junior Sydney Roman were competing. Roman fell at No. 6 to Georgia Lawson, 6-1, 6-4, and Fresno State tied it at 3-3.
With the match tied, Fresno State's A.C. Hummel rallied for her team to deny NAU of its first-ever win over the Bulldogs. Moore took the first set at No. 5 versus Hummel, 6-4, but Hummel proceeded to claim the final two sets by scores of 6-4, 6-1.
Northern Arizona will try to put an end to its three-match losing streak Monday morning at Sacramento State.
TRACK AND FIELD
The Lumberjacks competed in the final day of the 2019 Baldy Castillo Invitational Saturday hosted by Arizona State at Sun Angel Stadium in Tempe.
Cameron Rayford led the way for Northern Arizona, finishing first in the men’s triple jump off of a 14.28-meter mark.
Sykora Walker had a PR in the women’s discus throw of 45.60m. Matilde Roe placed sixth among collegiate athletes with a top mark of 47.45m. Alexa Dragone had the best shot put throw on the day for the Jacks as she placed ninth in the event after hitting a mark of 13.09m.
Jake Arnold placed second in the men's discuss with a first-throw mark of 46.42m. Will Beaudry placed eighth after throwing for 45.95m on his second attempt.
Helena McLeod placed third in the women’s long jump for NAU at 5.70m. Jenna Figueroa placed sixth in the women’s triple jump off of a 10.91m jump on her second attempt. She was just short of her 10.95m PR set at the Lumberjack Team Challenge this past indoor season.
On the men’s jumps side for the Jacks, Rayford won the triple jump with a dent of 14.28m that was just enough for the gold.
NAU’s women’s 4x100 team placed fifth with a time of 47.20. The squad consisted of Jada Jackson, Miracle Onyemaobi, Helena McLeod and Jasmine Malone. Figueroa ran in the women’s 100m dash for the first time in her NAU career. She would finish with a time of 13.68.
Alexis Caston set a new PR in the women’s 200m dash. Her time of 26.27 just barely topped her previous personal best of 26.29 set at the 2018 NAU Tune Up meet.
Carter Bracken set a new PR in the men’s 400m hurdles. He finished with a time of 54.62, besting his previous PR of 54.99.
Christopher Grant placed third in the men’s 100m dash with a time of 10.68. Khalil Dorsey came close to beating his current PR of 10.80 in the 100m dash with a time of 10.82 at Baldy Castillo. Rayford competed in the 100m dash for the first time in his collegiate career registering a time of 11.65.
The Lumberjack men placed third in the 4x100 relay with a time of 40.92. Khalil Dorsey, Grant, A.J. Hollis and Tyren Wolfe made up the squad.
Obang Odol shattered his previous PR in the men’s 400m dash with a time of 50.82. His previous best was a time of 52.48 set at last year’s Bryan Clay Invitational. Wolfe also ran in the 200m dash placing ninth with a time of 21.81.