Zags Strong Singles Performance Lead To Win Over Lumberjacks
SPOKANE, Wash. - (April 7, 2012 - www.gozags.com) - Kristina Zauere earned a win in doubles and singles to help the Gonzaga University women's tennis team beat Northern Arizona University 4-3 in a non-conference match at the Spokane Racquet Club Saturday.
Zauere and her doubles partner Katie Edwards earned their eighth win of the season together by defeating Ghizelene Doballah and Malia Wahinepio 8-3 on court one. Despite Zauere and Edwards win at No. 1 doubles, the Lumberjacks (7-13) got wins on courts two and three to win the first point of the match.
Zauere tied the match at one point apiece when she defeated Wahinepio 6-3, 6-4 at No. 3 singles, but the Lumberjacks regained the lead after Hannah Stone beat Edwards 6-4, 6-3 at the No. 2 spot. Prue Teitzel picked up a pair of 6-3 set victories over Doballah at No. 1 singles to help the Bulldogs tie the match 2-2.
Kylie Peek had a battle with Johanna Vang at No. 4 singles, but the freshman went on to win the match 7-6 (2), 7-6 (4) to give the Bulldogs a 3-2 lead and the veteran Sophie Lantta secured the match-winning point with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Nicole Perez on court five.
Freshman Alexandra Tallas made her spring season debut at No. 6 singles against Alice Pacaut. Pacuat won the first set 6-0, but Tallas fought back and won the second set 6-2. The tiebreaker went to Pacaut by a score of 11-9.
Bulldogs head coach D.J. Gurule was very impressed with team's intensity on the court Saturday.
"I was very happy with how we rebounded from losing the doubles point," Gurule said. "Prue played an outstanding match from start to finish, and Sophie again clinched the fourth point at the five position. Kylie battled her entire match and her win at No. 4 was critical to our success."
Gurule was also proud of how the team was able to rebound from a tough West Coast Conference loss to BYU Friday.
"The team really showed a lot of character today. After losing the match yesterday against BYU it would have been easy to be discouraged. However, the team dug in and beat a very good Northern Arizona team," Gurule said.
The Bulldogs continue non-conference play Sunday as they welcome Big Sky Conference member Weber State University to the Spokane Racquet Club. The match is schedule for a 9 a.m. start.
GONZAGA BULLDOGS 4, NORTHERN ARIZONA LUMBERJACKS 3
1. TEITZEL, Prue (GON) def. DOBALLAH, Ghizelene (NAU) 6-3, 6-3
2. STONE, Hannah (NAU) def. EDWARDS, Katie (GON) 6-4, 6-3
3. ZAUERE, Kristina (GON) def. WAHINEPIO, Malia (NAU) 6-3, 6-4
4. PEEK, Kylie (GON) def. VANG, Johanna (NAU) 7-6 (2-0), 7-6 (4-0)
5. LANTTA, Sophie (GON) def. PEREZ, Nicole (NAU) 6-1, 6-4
6. PACAUT, Alice (NAU) def. TALLAS, Alexandra (GON) 6-0, 2-6, 11-9
1. ZAUERE, Kristina/EDWARDS, Katie (GON) def. DOBALLAH, Ghizelene/WAHINEPIO, Malia (NAU) 8-3
2. STONE, Hannah/VANG, Johanna (NAU) def. PEEK, Kylie/LANTTA, Sophie (GON) 8-4
3. PEREZ, Nicole/PACAUT, Alice (NAU) def. TEITZEL, Prue/PARKER, Madeline (GON) 8-6
NORTHERN ARIZONA LUMBERJACKS 7-13
GONZAGA BULLDOGS 8-6
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (3,2,1,4,5,6)