The second time around at the ITA Bedford Cup in the Mountains proved to be much sweeter than the first for senior Chiara Tomasetti. After falling in the championship match a year ago to Air Force's TJ Fumagalli, Tomasetti avenged the loss on Sunday to clinch the Flight A singles title to cap a highly successful first fall tournament for the Northern Arizona women's tennis team.
"We love coming to play at the Bedford Cup," said head coach Ewa Bogusz. "We got a lot of quality matches in, which is what we need this early in the season. Everyone picked up some wins, but most importantly we got better as a team. It was nice to see our freshmen in action as well. There's a lot of work ahead of us, but I really like the dynamic of this team already."
Facing Fumagalli on her home court, Tomasetti turned the tables on her opponent after a 6-4, 6-0 loss at the same tournament last season. On Sunday, Tomasetti dominated the first set then showed resolve after dropping the second set. She completed a perfect 5-0 Bedford Cup showing with a 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 victory over Fumagalli.
"We are excited for Chiara to have such a strong start to the season," Bogusz said. "She got revenge for last year, which also showed us that she's been improving day in and day out. She proved that she is ready for her next tournament."
Tomasetti enjoyed an undefeated final day overall, partnering with junior Ellie Millard for a commanding 8-1 doubles win over Montana State's Caitlin Ward and Linnea Fristam. It was NAU's only doubles victory on Sunday.
While NAU went 1-2 in doubles, Tomsetti's championship victory was one of four for the Lumberjacks in a 4-0 performance in singles. Sophomore Adrianna Sosnowska, freshman Elinor Beazley and senior Sydney Roman all posted straight-set wins to complement Tomasetti. Sosnowska defeated New Mexico's Sara Kuuttila-Webbert, 6-3, 6-4, while Beazley bested Wyoming's Clara Mansart, 6-1, 7-6 (6). Roman controlled Ward of Montana State, 6-3, 6-1.
Tomasetti and freshman Mimi Bland (Flight B) both advanced to their respective semifinals in singles, while Sosnowska and sophomore Emilie Haakansson reached the semifinals in the Flight A doubles draw.
Next up, Tomasetti will carry her momentum into the Oracle ITA Masters in Malibu, Calif. from Sept. 26-29. The rest of the Lumberjacks will compete in the three-day UNLV Fall Invitational from Sept. 27-29 in Las Vegas.
TRACK AND FIELD
The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches' Association released its second week of regional rankings on Monday afternoon.
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Northern Arizona's women's cross country team moved up two spots in the Mountain Regional Rankings from No. 6 to No. 4, while the Lumberjack men stayed in the No. 1 spot in the region for the 23rd consecutive week.
Southern Utah, another Big Sky Conference school, also broke into the top five in the women's regional rankings this week at No. 5. New Mexico and Utah dropped out of the top five.
Nothing changed in the Men's Mountain Region in Week 1.
Northern Arizona and BYU continue to headline the chart. The Lumberjacks had a tough test against one of Japan's top collegiate teams at the season-opening George Kyte Invitational, while the Cougars rolled to an easy win at the BYU Autumn Classic.
The rest of the top 5 is rounded out by Colorado, Colorado State and Wyoming.
The Jacks will be back on the course this weekend in Terre Haute, Ind., at the John McNichols Invitational hosted by Indiana State University. Both squads will compete on the national level for the first time this season.
Northern Arizona University women's soccer (2-3-1) lost 3-0 to New Mexico (3-3) on Sunday.
The Lobos took the lead right away, scoring in the first 38 seconds. Their two following goals in the first half secured their win over the Lumberjacks.
NAU has not played a home game since Sept. 1, where they found a 4-0 win over Detroit Mercy. The next two games this weekend will wrap up their away game stretch as the Lumberjacks play at UNLV Friday at 7 p.m. and then at New Mexico State University Sunday at noon.