With nearly a month of training behind them since their last full team competition, the Northern Arizona women's tennis team heads to Las Vegas for the ITA Mountain Regional Championships running Wednesday through Sunday at UNLV's Fertitta Tennis Complex.
"We've spent three weeks at home working hard every day," said head coach Ewa Bogusz. "They've pushed it in the weight room and fitness has been a focus. Tennis-wise, we've been working on singles and doubles and making good decisions so that we're prepared for the Mountain Regional Championships."
With the exception of senior Chiara Tomasetti – who will enter this week's Mountain Regional Championships as the No. 1 player in the region and the defending singles champion – the rest of the Lumberjacks have not competed since their last trip to Vegas for the UNLV Fall Invitational during the final weekend of September.
Tomasetti was named the ITA Mountain Regional Player to Watch in May following her spectacular 2018-19 junior season. Last October, Tomasetti became the first Lumberjack in program history to win the regional singles championship, which automatically qualified her for the ITA National Fall Championships.
Tomasetti, ranked No. 71 in the nation, is coming off a two-match showing at the ITA All-American Championships in Tulsa, Okla. two weeks ago. She owns a 6-3 record this fall and has two wins over players currently in the national rankings.
NAU will send a total of seven players to Las Vegas this week. Sophomore Adrianna Sosnowska also has posted six singles wins this fall and is 6-2 overall. Fellow sophomore Emilie Haakansson is 4-2 in singles play, as is freshman Mimi Bland. Freshman Elinor Beazley is 4-3. Senior Sydney Roman is 3-4 entering the weekend, while junior Madi Moore is expected to make her fall debut in singles play.
The Lumberjacks will enter three teams into the doubles draw.
"I've really liked how our returners have led the freshmen along the way," Bogusz said. "I like how our freshmen are adjusting to the college tennis system and buying into our process and culture. The team chemistry is one thing that we've been impressed with since the beginning of the semester."
The regional singles and doubles champions will automatically qualify for next month's Oracle ITA National Fall Championships to be held in Newport Beach, Calif.
The Northern Arizona men's and women's cross country teams were both ranked in the top-three in the Mountain Region in the latest U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Association's Regional Rankings that were released on Monday morning.
Week Five's slate saw the Lumberjack men continue their reign atop the Mountain Region for the 27th consecutive week after winning the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational for the fourth consecutive year. The NAU women moved from the No. 6 spot to the No. 3 spot off of a sixth-place team finish at the Nuttycombe.
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NAU's XC program will return to the course on Nov. 2 in Greeley, Colo., for the 2019 Big Sky Conference Championships.
The Northern Arizona University women's golf program closed out the second round of the 42nd Annual Pat Bradley Invitational hosted by Florida International in Lakewood Ranch, Fla., at the Cypress Links-Lakewood Ranch Golf & Country Club on Monday morning.
The Lumberjacks found themselves in 16th place on the team leaderboard at 32-over as a team for a tally of 608.
"Today just was not our day," said head women's golf coach Brad Bedortha. "It is very humid and it's a different environment but we do not use that as an excuse."
Senior Emma Reyes shot 1-over and will enter the third round at 5-over in a tie for 38th place. Sophomore Aleksandra Chekalina followed Reyes with a 4-over performance in the second round to put her at 6-over (150).
Fellow sophomore Ashley Croft is now at 8-over (152) and in a tie for 57th. True freshman Alyza Flores and sophomore Elle Kocourkova rounded out the scoring for NAU in a tie for 74th (+13, 157).
The third and final round of the Invite will begin Tuesday with a shotgun start.
Northern Arizona University women's soccer fell to the Eastern Washington University Eagles (8-5-2) Sunday, 2-0.
Eastern Washington scored both goals during the first half of the game in the 19th and 28th minutes.
The Lumberjacks (7-7-2) will wrap up the regular season on the home pitch with their last pair of Big Sky Conference games. This weekend, Northern Arizona will take on Weber State on Friday at 7 p.m and then Idaho State on Sunday at 1 p.m.