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April 29, 2010

Five Lumberjacks Named to All-Big Sky Women’s Tennis Team

BIG SKY RELEASE

OGDEN, Utah – Headlined by a third-straight All-Big Sky first team selection for junior Edit Suhajda, Northern Arizona placed five athletes on the 2010 Women's Big Sky All-Conference tennis team. Juniors Orsi Golovics and Yumi Hasegawa and freshman Malia Wahinepio were named to the second team while freshman Nicole Perez was honorable mention. The conference-best five selections tied a program record and were the most for the team since 2007.

Suhajda became just the third player in program history to be named to the first-team three times, joining Susanna Wallin and four-time honoree Yael Stuart among the most honored players in NAU tennis history. After undergoing offseason shoulder surgery and missing most of the Fall season, the Budapest, Hungary native posted a 13-6 dual record during the Spring including an 11-4 combined record at No. 1 and 2 singles. She also went 7-1 in Big Sky singles play, losing only to Sacramento State sophomore Tatsiana Kapshai, who was named Big Sky MVP. In the Big Sky Championship semifinals last weekend, Suhajda picked up a win at No. 1 against Montana in the semifinals and played Kapshai into a third set at No. 1 in the championship match.

After earning first-team honors in each of her first-two seasons at NAU, Golovics made the second-team following an injury-plagued 2010 campaign. Despite missing four matches due to injury, the native of Szentendre, Hungary went 4-1 in conference play and 9-7 overall in duals at No. 1 and 2 singles. She teamed with Wahinepio at No. 1 doubles as well, where the pair went 11-5 and 5-0 in the Big Sky. In singles play, Wahinepio won 10 of her first 12 matches as a Lumberjack and finished the regular season at 13-5 and 6-2 in conference. Also on the second team was Hasegawa, who had a phenomenal season in her second year as a starter and recorded a team-best 14-4 overall record and 6-2 dual mark at No. 4, 5 and 6 singles, including an 11-match winning streak through the middle of the season to earn her first-career all-conference honor.

Rounding out the NAU honorees was Perez, who went 13-6 overall and 6-2 in conference in her first collegiate season. After starting the season 0-4, The Fountain Hills, Ariz. native won 10 straight matches and 13 of her final 15 duals to end a fantastic rookie campaign.

NAU finished 7-1 in the Big Sky during the regular season and defeated Montana in the conference championship semifinals before falling to No. 51 Sacramento State in the championship match. All-five honorees will return next year for the Lumberjacks.

DID YOU KNOW...The Northern Arizona University athletics department recorded its highest cumulative grade point average since 1997, recording a 3.16 GPA among its more than 300 student-athletes at the completion of the fall of 2009 semester.