CEDAR CITY, Utah - Southern Utah University women's tennis narrowly fell 4-3 to Northern Arizona on Saturday in the season finale for the Thunderbirds. Both teams picked up three wins each in singles as the match was ultimately decided by the opening doubles' point.
The Lumberjacks secured the point with wins at No. 3 and No. 2 doubles, taking the matches 8-2 and 8-6. Southern Utah's No. 1 pair of Veronika Rogova and Nastya Vasileva were down 7-2 before storming all the way back to 7-6, but the match was suspended because the point had already been determined.
Madeline Skaras tied the match at 1-1 with a 6-3, 6-1 win at No. 5 singles, picking up her third consecutive win of the season. However, NAU wrapped up the match with three straight victories at No. 1, No. 6 and No. 4 singles to secure the requisite four points.
Jane Marushko picked up the second of Southern Utah's points with a 7-5, 6-4 win at No. 3 singles and Rogova toughed out a victory at No. 2 singles to cap the Thunderbirds' scoring. Rogova won the first set 6-4 and was up 5-2 in the second before falling behind and losing the second set 7-5 to NAU's Emelia Box. The duo then played a ten-point tiebreak to determine the match and Rogova sealed the win with a 10-8 result in the third.
The match marks the end of the Thunderbirds' season with the team finishing with an overall mark of 8-11 and a 3-7 record in the Big Sky Conference.
Tennis Match Results
Northern Arizona vs Southern Utah University
Apr 19, 2014 at Cedar City, Utah
Northern Arizona 4, Southern Utah University 3
1. VANG, Johanna (NAU) def. IVANOVA, Alex (SUU) 6-2, 6-2
2. ROGOVA, Veronika (SUU) def. BOX, Emelia (NAU) 6-4, 5-7, 10-8
3. MARUSHKO, Jane (SUU) def. ROCHIN, Hailey (NAU) 7-5, 6-4
4. DENESIK, Jordan (NAU) def. VASILEVA, Nastya (SUU) 6-2, 6-3
5. SKARAS, Madeline (SUU) def. ROCHIN, Tatum (NAU) 6-3, 6-1
6. SPRUCH, Sarah Maria (NAU) def. LUNDIN, Sarah (SUU) 6-1, 6-4
1. ROGOVA, Veronika/VASILEVA, Nastya (SUU) vs. BOX, Emelia/ROCHIN, Hailey (NAU) 6-7, unfinished
2. VANG, Johanna/SPRUCH, Sarah Maria (NAU) def. IVANOVA, Alex/MARUSHKO, Jane (SUU) 8-6
3. ROCHIN, Tatum/DENESIK, Jordan (NAU) def. SKARAS, Madeline/LUNDIN, Sarah (SUU) 8-2
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (5,1,6,4,3,2)