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The women's tennis team defeated nonconference opponent Utah State Friday morning, 4-0, to improve to 14-3 overall.

"I am very proud of the way the team competed today," said head coach Maciej Bogusz. "Utah State is a very good team and to beat them on the road is a huge accomplishment."

Northern Arizona started off strong in doubles, with Hanneke Lodewijks and Ellie Millard defeating Sabrina Demerath and Maggie O'Meara before Chiara Tomasetti and Madi Moore got the Lumberjacks the point. Both courts finished with a 6-2 score.

"We took care of the point and played our style of doubles," Bogusz said.

Sophomore Tomasetti carried her momentum into singles, beating Aggie opponent Sasha Pisareva 6-3, 6-4.

Lodewijks picked up the next point for the Lumberjacks, extending the lead to 3-0 after garnering a 6-2, 6-2 win over USU's O'Meara.

Freshman Millard then clinched the win 7-6 (2), 4-6, 6-0 to give Northern Arizona its sixth consecutive victory.

"The team competed with a high level of effort, energy and toughness this morning," Bogusz said.

Northern Arizona will continue its three-match weekend against Idaho State Saturday at noon before traveling back to Utah to take on Weber State Sunday at 10 a.m.

MEN'S TENNIS

In just its second time playing host this season, the men’s tennis team rolled to a 6-1 win against Montana on Friday.

It was an interesting rematch for the Lumberjacks, who fell to the Grizzlies in the Big Sky Conference semifinals last season.

Northern Arizona started off strong in doubles, winning the point with victories at the No. 3 and No. 1 positions.

Part of a new lineup, Ruben Montano and Sebastian Eguez took on the Grizzlies at No. 3, defeating Alexander Canellopoulos and Ludvig Hallgren 6-3. Montana evened it up at the No. 2 position against Lucas Taylor and Adi Zilberstein, but Tim Handel and Thomas Fisher recorded a 6-4 win over UM’s Victor Casadevall and Ignacio Tejerina.

In singles, the Lumberjacks went up 2-0 when Taylor handed Casadevall a 6-1, 6-2 loss.

Montana then got on the board with its lone win 6-1, 7-6 (2) against Zilberstein.

Northern Arizona was able to clinch the victory as both Handel and Montano won in straight sets 6-3, 6-4 and 7-5, 7-5, respectively.

The day was done at 4-1 before Eguez and freshman Chris Steele finished it off for Northern Arizona. Eguez picked up a 7-5, 7-5 win while Steele battled it out in a 6-4, 6-7, 10-8 win.

“We are going to take this win and run with it,” said Ki Kroll, Lumberjacks director of tennis. “We now have to focus on Montana State.”

The Lumberjacks moved to 8-10 overall and 6-2 in the Big Sky.

The Jacks will host again Saturday against Montana State. The match is set for a 10 a.m. start time.

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