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Women’s Tennis to Host Montana State in Home Opener Friday

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – After spending the first-three weeks of the season on the road, Northern Arizona (2-2, 1-0 Big Sky) returns home to host Montana State in a Big Sky match on Friday at 1 p.m. and Grand Canyon on Sunday at 2 p.m. Admission is free for both matches at Flagstaff Athletic Club East.

Lumberjacks in the ITA Rankings

Regional (Mountain):

Singles:
No. 19 – Orsi Golovics

Doubles:
No. 5 – Orsi Golovics and Malia Wahinepio

Northern Arizona Quick Hits

NAU plays at home for the first time in 2010 on Friday, hosting its first of three Big Sky home matches…The Lumberjacks went 6-0 at home in 2009…Sunday’s match against Grand Canyon will follow a men’s tennis match between the same schools…Freshman Malia Wahinepio was named Big Sky Player of the Week after going 2-0 in singles and 1-1 in doubles in two matches last week…The award was the first for Wahinepio and the second for NAU this season (Orsi Golovics, Jan. 27)…Wahinepio has a team-best 3-1 singles record playing at No. 4 and is 2-2 with Golovics at No. 1 doubles…2009 Big Sky First-Team selection Edit Suhajda played her first match at No. 2 last Sunday against Northern Colorado, earning a win…Suhajda and junior Yumi Hasegawa have won their last-two matches at No. 3 doubles.

Scouting Montana State

The Bobcats come to Flagstaff with a 2-4 record and have yet to play a Big Sky match. Montana State has wins over NAIA school Lewis-Clark State and UMKC, with their only home match a 7-0 loss to No. 34 Boise State on January 23. They don’t play another home match until March 21, playing their first-four Big Sky matches away from Bozeman. The Bobcats have used three different players at No. 1 singles, with senior Ali Griffin playing four times in the top spot (1-3). MSU has totaled an 11-25 singles record this season while going just 6-12 in doubles with nine different doubles pairs through six matches.

Montana State tied for third in the preseason Big Sky coaches poll, finishing just behind Northern Arizona in the voting. The Lumberjacks are 14-11 all-time against Montana State, including a 4-1 win in the Big Sky championship semifinals last year after falling to the Bobcats in Bozeman during the 2009 regular season.

Scouting Grand Canyon

The Antelopes of Division-II have played six matches this year but have only reported results in three of them (1-2 record). They were ranked No. 49 in the first, and only, ITA Division-II national poll of the season, released on November 6, 2009. Their only reported win was a 9-0 victory over Whittier College in Los Angeles. Grand Canyon hosted five matches last week, including three tilts against conference mates in the Pacific West. Northern Arizona will be their first Division-I opponent of the season. Junior Cecelia Vergnet plays at No. 1 singles for the Antelopes and has a 5-1 record for the season.

Surprisingly, Northern Arizona is just 13-20 all-time against Grand Canyon. The teams have not met, however, since a 6-1 NAU victory in Phoenix in 2001.

DID YOU KNOW…Thirty-five Northern Arizona University student-athletes and department student assistants participated in spring commencement ceremonies on the NAU campus and were commissioned degrees as part of the Class of 2009.

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